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CHICKEN: Inquisitive,Observant, Reflective, Knowledgeable, Independent and Family Oriented

Updated on July 10, 2013

Chicken: Independent and Family Oriented

Many years ago while driving home from church one beautiful Sunday afternoon, I decided to take a different road which took a little longer to reach home. I welcomed the longer drive as it allowed me to contemplate the message "Family and it's Worth" that was given in our meeting that morning.

Just as I turned down a side road, I was forced to slow down and come to a complete stop in the middle of the road.
Out in front of me was the most beautiful rooster I had ever seen. His colors were vibrant and gave off an opalescent sheen as the sun perfectly hit his back . His majesty was slowly strutting his way across the road from right to left, with his chest protruded out as far as it could. I was thankful that this was a side road which cars rarely traveled.

I watched this handsome specimen cross the road and reach a 2 foot high lava rock wall which surrounded a nursery school. With ease, he jumped up on the wall, turned to the road, spread his wings and gave out the most commanding crow I ever heard. I was in awe of this magnificent bird, however my attention was abruptly diverted back to the right side of the road.

There she was, his Queen. A plump brown hen with a touch of gold that kissed her feathers. I could see why this rooster was in love with her. She was absolutely stunning. As she began to follow his path to the other side of the road, emerged from under her protection were eight chicks, scampering in and out and around her legs as they all made their way to the other side.

Mama quickly hurried her children across as if they had done this many times before knowing that they needed to be careful of passing cars.

Once across, mama jumped up on the rock wall and down on the other side to join her husband. One by one, each baby jumped up and over the wall to complete the family unit. As the last one was making his way up on the wall, I noticed a white blur darting across the road towards the wall. Not seeing his last sibling jump up and over, this little straggler quickly became disoriented, lost and most frightened as he could not find his family anywhere!

Chirping his distress as loud as he could and running back and forth against the wall, the little one soon began to get tired and give up. With his back towards the wall, I could almost sense he was contemplating going back across the street to look for his family there.

Just then, mama jumped on the wall and chirped a few words to her son. He turned, gave a running jump onto the wall and the both of them jumped together down on the other side to join the others.

All I could do was sit there and cry an think about what a perfect lesson this was of family unity.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because his family was over there!

Two Chickens break up a Rabbit Fight

Family and the Social Ladder

Just like all animals, chickens love their families and they value their own lives. Because of the social nature of chickens, they are always looking out for their families as well as other chickens that belong in their group. Chickens have complex social structures, as well as adept communitcation skills, and very distinct personalities. Sound familiar?

It has been proven and documented by leading animal behavior scientists from around the world that chickens are very inquisitive, observant, and reflective animals whose cognitive abilities, are in some cases, more advanced than those of cats, dogs and even some primates.

When in their natural surroundings, chickens form complex social hierarchies, also known as "pecking orders." Every chicken knows his or her place on the social ladder. What's even more remarkable is that they will remember the faces and the ranks of over 100 other birds.

Because of this amazing ability among them, scientists agree that the complex social structures as well as the good memories are without a doubt, undeniable signs of advanced intelligence which is compared to that of mammals.

Chickens of Fire

Communication From Within

Even more impressive are the communication skills of the chicken. They have over 30 types of vocalizations that distinguish between danger and threats that may be approaching them by land as well as those that are approaching them by air (over water.)

What is so amazing is that mother hens begin to teach these calls to their babies before they even hatch. While sitting on the eggs, she will cluck softly to them and they will chirp back to her as well as to each other from inside their shells.


Teachings and examples of the Chicken

Chicken/Rooster/Hen's Wisdom Includes:

  • Power of voice

  • Understanding language

  • Pecking out the answers that escape others

  • Awakening powers at sunrise

  • Protection of family and community

  • Hearing your inner voice

  • Reflecting on everything around you

  • Independant of your beliefs

  • Knowledge of surroundings and the purpose of life.

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To understand our fellow creatures, the animals, we as humans must be astute enough to observe their lessons on how to live by watching their habit patterns and receiving their messages of healing and growth.
When you call upon the power of an animal, you are asking to be drawn into it's world of complete harmony with the strength of that particular animal's essence.

Each person has nine power or totem animals that represent the medicine that they will carry in their Earth Walk. These animals emulate each person's abilities, talents and challenges.
If you have the desire to know or have your totem pulled. It can be done by yourself with the understanding you have or it can be done by one who is connected with the animals and will beable to explain each animal connection that is pulled.

Animals are easy to observe and understand. Our lives are based upon the principles and design each creature has to offer. Read Butterfly: A Joyful Dance, to gain a better understanding.

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Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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Comments: CHICKEN: Inquisitive, Observant, Reflective, Knowledgeable, Independant, and Family Oriented

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I know this is one of your favorites VC. I'm so happy you love this hub. We both can relate to the mighty chicken in so many ways. Thank you for your wonderful compliments, although they may be tad biased. *L* But then again, who else could love me the way you do???? ♥♥

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear RL - I just had to come back and read this magnificent hub again. It's one of my favorites and parts of this bring a tear to my eyes.

      You write with such warmth and passion. I am constantly impressed with your writing skills and outstanding presentation. You are unique, supremely talented and very loved!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Adity! You are so right about how all creatures have something unique and the ability to teach us something. I'm pleased you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for the votes and for sharing. ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah! I love how you refer to them as "Your Girls." That is way too cool and you also receive little gifts from them as well. How fortunate! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Mary! I'm so happy you enjoyed the article. It is so cool that you have the ability to watch them everyday, not to mention the little gifts they provide you! Thank you for the Votes and shares. ♥

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      adity5 5 years ago

      I love chickens as much as I love other animals. I believe all animals whether big or small are unique in their own way and there is so much we can learn from them.

      It is really unfortunate the way these lovely creatures are treated, it simply breaks my heart :(

      Enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up and shared !!


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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Lovely hub, Lisa. I have three backyard hens that I got last summer and I am now completely enamored of "my girls." I got them to have fresh eggs, but have come to appreciate what wonderful pets they make.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I love Chickens! They are not given the respect they are due....they are smart and yes, family orientated, too.

      I have had backyard chickens for a long time. I love watching them, and I love those fresh eggs they given me.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for your comment moonlake! You were born in a very good year according to the Chinese horoscope:

      Roosters are very loyal individuals. They do not like dishonesty or mockery of any sort. They are blunt, up front and honest people and expect those around them to be the same. Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, at a party or just a social gathering. They even enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charisma and wit in a minute.

      You should have your totem pulled. Rooster/chicken may or may not be part of it.. but because you have a strong attachment to chickens/roosters, they will always be a strong influence in your life.

      Thank you so much for the vote up! :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Love chickens always have. They are so pretty and little hens are so friendly not so much roosters. Born in the year of the Rooster but don't know my totem. Voted Up on your hub.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      ooo I have gone through that as well Fiddleman! Noting like an irate momma Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by! :)

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      Fiddleman 5 years ago

      Great hub and interesting. Although we do not have any chickens now both my wife and I grew up where our parents had chickens. I always enjoyed feeding the hens and gathering eggs and have been flogged by irate mother hens who thought her dibs were in danger. They are interesting to say the least.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for sharing and adding my hub to yours! I have returned the favor as they compliment one another very well! Awesome :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I love chickens! They make good pets (I wrote a Hub about chickens make good pets). They are very intelligent, too. I had chickens growing up, and my 4 children all had chickens as pets. Read my hub when you can. In the meantime, may I link this Hub into that one?

      I voted this Hub Up, etc. and will share too, Mary

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Mary! I love that chicken/rabbit video too. Animals are amazing teachers, aren't they? Thanks for you comment and thumbs up! :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Who would've thought? This is a great hub with lots of great lessons for all of us. The videos were terrific...I love the chickens breaking up the rabbit fight.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Shushil. You're right, the chicken is not that respected, but it should be. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      Awesome observation and fantastic presentation, Thanks for sharing an amazing experience. Normally people don't care about it but it's really interesting one.



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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Alicia. They do get thrown under the bus alot! Glad you appreciate that! :)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for this lovely hub, Lisa. It was wonderful to read an article that treats chickens with respect instead of as a source of food. The videos were very interesting, too!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      rusticliving - Your hub is now on Digg, Twitter, FB, Reddit and Stumbleupon!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Sally.I am honored that you enjoyed this hub. :) I love the fact that you honor this sweet creature before it gives you nourishment.

      Chicken may very well be part of your Totem because of the message it has regarding your life's journey.(This is something you will find out once you pull your totem) There are so many creatures we use for nourishment as this is soley a part of their purpose. It's how we honor them in their messages to us that is important!

      Have a most wonderful day! Namaste

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I don't know what I love most about this hub. Chickens breaking up a rabbit fight? Chickens of fire? This all rocks.

      I love to eat chicken, and every time I cook one, I say a little prayer to the chicken spirit..."Wherefore you have gone, you opened the door to let me go whence I must." Or something like that.

      Whatever my totem is, as yet undiscovered, I'm pretty sure it isn't a chicken. I've eaten too many of them, and having a chicken as personal totem, well, that just wouldn't be productive.

      Super hub. It's jarred my memory about chickens I've known...maybe some meat here for a hub. Thank you!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you vocalcoach! I knew you would relate to this while I was writing it. Chickens have gotten a "bad wrap" which is so unfortunate. Every creature, both small and large has a significant message of life for us. It is up to us to observe and quietly listen to them all. Only then can we be in harmony withourselves and with this earth we are taking our journey on. You know I will pull your totem for you. Will talk to you about it when we talk. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      What an amazing hub on the Chicken. I loved this so much and am sharing it on FB, Twitter and more to get the word out and teach others about these precious animals.

      Last month I watched a special on PBS on how chickens are so mis-treated as they are being raised to lay eggs and/or be slaughtered for our food. Being a vegetarian I don't eat chicken and after whitnessing how brutually they are treated I'm glad I don't contribute to the abuse and horror that these innocent victims are put through.

      You have brought a pronounced awareness through writing this hub Rusticliving. I am so proud of you. Had to vote up and straight across except for funny. We all should read this which is why I'm so excited about sharing it.

      Thank you babygirl. PS ~ I want to have my totem pulled (not sure what that means.) :-)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you aviannovice. Chickens have gotten a bad reputition throughout the years when in fact they are very intelligent and devoted creatures. I know a few people who could learn from a chicken :)

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      Deb Hirt 6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That was truly wonderful.. So many people say terrible, degrading things about the chicken. I have never met one that I haven't liked.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you KDuBarry! I absolutely agree with you. They do have so much to teach us in so many ways. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! Namaste :)

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      KDuBarry03 6 years ago

      Wow, this is very interesting! I really do think that many animals are under-minded because of what humans are accustomed to. Every animal has their own form of communication and hierarchies that definitely are worth anyone's time! Thank you for sharing such an insightful Hub; I really did not know chickens had such an advanced form of communication!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      CC! Your Totem is waiting for you to have it pulled. It's very interesting how we will "think or perceive" what our Totems should or could possibly consist of because of the certain attraction we may have to one or more specific creature. It's not until we read and study and learn about the animals in our totem that we truly understand why they were specifically pulled for us. With that said, we can call upon any creature that comes into our journey and brings us a message. It's the Totem that we should always surround ourselves with as these animals are what make up who we are as individuals. (I would be happy to pull your totem for you) Namaste

      Nettlemere, thank you so much for your visit! Wasn't that video a hoot. I think what really grabbed me was how the two chickens began to walk away after they made their point! LOL Namaste

      Thank you kellyward! Because Chicken is not part of my totem, I didn't know too much about them as well. After doing some research and a lot of reading, It made a lot more sense to me. They are interesting creatures to say the least! :) Namaste

      Jools! I am actually putting one together as we speak! This will take a little time as there is so much involved and I want to beable to convey what the reader needs to know if reading for the first time. Tricky to say the least! Thanks so much for the votes.! Namaste

      alocsin. Most people refer to chickens as not very intelligent. What most people do not realize is that their memory is uncanny. There was a study of two groups of chickens. One was fed blue corn that was laced with a chemical to make the chicken feel a little sick, the other group was fed yellow corn that was fine.

      Several months after this test was completed, both groups of chickens began to lay eggs. Once hatched and the hens and chicks were placed in their yards, they were fed with blue and yellow corn (all safe) The hens who were originally fed the blue corn remembered how it made them feel and would kick the blue corn away from their chicks or chase the chicks away to where the yellow corn was. :) Namaste

      Wow Linda! How very cool! That is the perfect way to surround yourself with them! You will enjoy watching and observing them. They have much to share and teach! Namaste

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      Linda Compton 6 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Hi Lisa,

      Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful, sensitive & insightful hub. For the first time, I have chickens. Just added 8 gorgeous baby chicks to our pack. Currently in our guest bathroom, we'll be building their outside home next week. Eager to read your other chicken hub Loved your Chicken totem. Thanks! Linda

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll certainly think twice when looking at chickens, which I never considered very smart. Didn't realize they were family oriented. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Jools99 6 years ago from North-East UK

      I really enjoyed this article and I want to know more about the totem....this could be your next hub Lisa? I am fascinated.

      Voted up, etc,etc

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

      I never new so much about chickens. Fascinating! Take care, Kelley

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      Nettlemere 6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I enjoyed reading about your observations of chickens and loved the two breaking up the rabbit fight. They looked just like they were saying "Pack that in now!" to the stroppy rabbits.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      I want to find my totem! I've tried, but it always seems to elude me. I wonder if the rooster or hen is part of your totem. I have often wondered if the butterfly is part of mine as well as birds and deer. What a beautiful moment there on the road. I also LOVE the way you show such respect for our animal friends. :)


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