Cock-a-doodle do’s: 3 life lessons from feathered friends.

Firstly, you have probably marveled over the results of a groundbreaking study demonstrating that being called a”bird brain” is quite a compliment.  This study, published in June in the Proceedings of National Academy for the Sciences, shows that it’s not the size that counts, but how it’s used:  Birds, particularly Corvids (ravens, magpies) have as many neurons as primates–just more tightly packed.  And Red Junglefowl, otherwise known as the non-domesticated backyard chicken, have greater neuronal mass than rats, mice, prairie dogs and guinea pigs. Rats and mice solve complex puzzles and have incredible memories.

So it’s not surprising that these creatures have so much to teach us.  Here are three life lessons we can learn from our feathered friends:

    1.  Stay focused:  That silly, bobbing, head movement belies the fact that chickens have the fowl equivalent of a steady cam.  They move, then focus keenly while their head is briefly frozen in space.  Those eyes see everything.   Lesson? Allow yourself time to focus and observe.  Think about what you are seeing.
    2. It’s there, just keep looking:  Chickens observe, then use their feet to toss aside obstacles like leaves or dead grass, then observe again.  The tidbit, or answer, will be in there somewhere. Repeat until you succeed.
    3. Consider… just consider: Ever listen to contented chickens?  When relaxed and foraging, they emanate a sound  of intense consideration:  “errrrrrr………..awwwwwwwww?”…. as if deep in thought.  Don’t  make assumptions or jump to conclusions– think it over– what could it be.

Henry Ford once said “Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a fair amount of scratching for what it gets”.  What a smart man!

 

 

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