Sunday 14 July 2013

Hot French Chicks - Hard wired hens

Simulated jungle

The ancient ancestors of our hens scratched about in the dense undergrowth of the forests of southern India, Burma and Malaysia. Although these original jungle fowl could adapt to a wide range of environments they still exhibit some of their ancestor's behaviour. On hot sunny days they seek the shade, perching on low branches or in our case on the firewood pile.

Despite five thousand years of selection for fighting,egg production and meat they are still hard wired to cope with hot weather in the jungle.

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