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The word chicken, unfortunately, brings to mind a type of food for many people instead of an intelligent, creative individual. Due to this disconnect between chickens as living breathing animals and “nuggets,” many people do not have any qualms with consuming chicken en masse (how else would you explain the “KFC Double Down”).

More than seven billion chickens are killed for food in the United States every year. These chickens are considered “commodities” and spend their entire lives confined to dark, filthy sheds with at least 20,000 other chickens on factory farms. No federal law provides protection from abuse for these chickens, crammed into uncomfortable and unsanitary confined spaces. They grow so quickly and disproportionately to meet the demands of consumers that they have a wide variety of health problems, including heart failure and chronic pain.

At the young age of six to seven weeks, chickens are shipped off to be cruelly slaughtered (there isn’t, after all, a kind way to slaughter an animal). Many who are familiar with the life that chickens lead assert that chickens are the most abused animals on the planet.

There are many reasons that chickens deserve to be allowed the same respect and care that we afford the domestic animals we share our lives and homes with. Sadly, chickens don’t often get the chance to explain why they should be considered “friends, not food.” So, these 10 gorgeous chickens are here to advocate on behalf of chickens all over the world to show you why they are far too dynamic to be considered a “nugget.”

Although chickens in factory farms rarely live longer than two years, chickens can lead 10-year-long, vibrant years.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

Chickens like to cuddle and show affection just as much as cats or dogs do.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

When a chicken is happy, they even make a noise similar to that of a purring cat.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

Chickens kept in factory farms often lose their feathers due to stress and overly packed conditions. In nature, chickens can have some of the most gorgeous, lustrous feathers you’ve ever seen.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

While chickens are commonly portrayed as eating “corn” (because it is cheap livestock feed), these animals actually thrive on a diet filled with fresh greens and fruit – just like humans.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

The term “bird-brained” is commonly considered an insult, but in the case of chickens it is a compliment.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

These birds are highly intelligent and possess the ability to anticipate the future and recognize patterns at the age of two days old – human babies can’t do this until six months.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

Chickens also have fantastic memories.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

Not only can they memorize puzzles and 24 different vocalizations, but they also can remember up to 100 faces in their lifetimes.

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

So remember that next time you meet a chicken, they’ll be your friend for life!

10 Stunning Chickens Who Prove They Are Far Too Dynamic to be Considered 'Nuggets'

 

Lead image source: Jans Cannon/Flickr

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Meaghan Mahoney
2 Years Ago

I have owned chickens as pets for about 10 years now. My family and I actually fought a court case in order to do that. We were accused of violating a husbandry law when all we really wanted was some domesticated hens. I have found that, when handled properly as chicks, they can have fabulous personalities and be a lot of fun, and very education for children in learning about life cycles. I am extremely pro-chicken. That said, in 10 years, I have never met a chicken that would fit the description of being “dynamic.” I have never once seen them, individually or collectively, create anything. I have never observed any spark of real intelligence in them. On the contrary, they have been known to stand stupidly in the yard during snow storms and freeze to death unless I put them in their house. I would absolutely agree that the industry has unsanitary and often needless cruel procedures for killing chickens. If you really want to cut back on that, I suggest that governments get the heck out of everybody’s back yard and start allowing families to own their own flock. For food? Yes. Because while chickens do eat fresh greens and fruit they do best when allowed to forage for bugs. You got it! Chickens are carnivores. If they get to eat meat, why shouldn’t I be allowed to? How do you think those worms and ticks feel, being pulled savagely out of their environment and gobbled up by some oversized canary (speaking of course, from the worm’s point of view). Let’s just deal in reality for a minute here, folks.


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Virginia Greenwood-Warner
2 Years Ago

Chickens are just beautiful, loving, intelligent, clean - wonderful creatures!


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