Guelph study investigates the mental state of poultry

Researchers have moved beyond looking at how to minimize suffering to exploring whether animals can also enjoy their lives.
Canoe.com
December 27, 2018
By Canoe.com
Stephanie Torrey is one of the researchers working on the study.
Stephanie Torrey is one of the researchers working on the study.
How do you measure a chicken’s happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening?

To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph putting 16 breeds through physical fitness and behavioural tests. They’re watching how well birds scramble over a barrier for food, how skittish they seem and whether they play with a fake worm.

Chickens can’t say how they feel, but playing with a fake worm may be a sign of happiness.

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