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Title The Private Life Of: Chickens - Ep 1 of 3 / Director: Hall, Ishbel
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Summary Farmer Jimmy Doherty reveals the hidden lives of farmyard animals which are so taken for granted. He visits a farm in Devon to investigate the humble chicken and find out what goes on inside their bird brains. There are 16 billion chickens on earth today, he says.Chicken farming is now very specialised in Britain, and the birds are bred for either meat or eggs. More than 800 million chickens and 11 billion eggs are consumed there each year.The chicken retains many of the characteristics of the wild bird, including adhering to a definite pecking order. This is established by a sophisticated array of actions and sounds. They have a very specialised brain. One eye can detect predators while the other finds the food. A chicken's eye sees movement at double the speed of humans.Doherty also tests chickens' intelligence by getting them to learn the difference between human symbols. He concludes we should pay these complex birds a little more respect.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Series Producer: Colin Cameron. Directed by Ishbel Hall, Jude Ho and Clare Fisher for BBC2 UK
Event Broadcast 2011-11-08 at 18:00:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Birds -- Anatomy.
Chickens -- Behavior.
Chickens -- Breeding.
Chickens -- Physiology.
Poultry -- Housing.
United Kingdom.
Form Streaming video
Author Doherty, Jimmy, host
Hall, Ishbel, director