Do chickens ever play?
Unlike dogs and cats and other animals I have owned, I noticed my chickens never played or engaged in something looking as play since they were chicks. Do chickens ever play? I always wondered about that.
I think they do play, but perhaps what we think of as "play" is too human to encompass what chickens might find play. Exploring, running around, ... all these things might be play for them. Basically play is whatever arouses pleasure.
On the other hand, chickens do need some stimulation to want to play. Maybe they simply don't have anything to play with?
Yes, like dogs and cats, they also play. I have seen many programms, where owners have their own chickens and those chickens play games.
Elysianphoenix, great observations ! Jaswinder, I think they can be "trained to play games", like I have clicker trained one of my chicken to go on a skate board once, but they do that mainly because they get rewards. But what about natural play, like dogs do and cats do, and even foals, calves and baby goats? Play that is not learned but rather innate?
I think chickens do play. I just don't know how they do it.
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