A great deal of research goes into the husbandry of domestic fowl, some of which has important implications for pet bird owners as well. In scanning the literature, I recently came across the following important study.
How Does One Keep a Chicken Busy?
The European Zoological Nutrition Center reports that the wild relatives of domestic chickens (I’m assuming Red or Green Jungle Fowl) spend at least 60% of their day foraging for food. Domestic chickens, however, are fed high energy foods in easy-access feeders and usually take but a few minutes to meet their daily needs. That leaves the bored fowl a good 16 hours in which to get into trouble – which they do quite handily by pecking at their own and their neighbors’ feathers and skin. Read More »