Skip to comments.Do Chickens Have a Sense of Humor? (this is a 'serious' question based on observations)
Posted on 05/31/2014 6:43:00 PM PDT by lee martell
I work at a group home in Novato for disabled adults. I enjoy the job and my co-workers. I also like the city of Novato, a little to the north of San Francisco. Novato is a decent sized town, at 27 square miles, and a population of about 52000. There is a comfortable balance of the urban and the rural in this city. Many neighborhoods have started to keep a small group of chickens in their backyards. I believe roosters are allowed too, if they don't raise too much ruckus. I was at the group home today in the staff room, updating the medication log, when outside the rear window I began to hear a peeping noise. That peeping noise turned out to be one of the large hens that live in the house behind where I work. I was on hold with the pharmacy, and I heard this bird chirping out some sort of remarks to her sister hens. It sounded for all the world as though she was telling them something over and over that made the other two hens roar and cackle with laughter.
It was hysterical, I was on hold, with the pharmacy, and I listened as the lead Hen told her story a second time, but at a higher octave, and with a different ending. The other hens acted as though they had just heard the dirtiest, wildest joke ever to be told in a Novato backyard. They laughed for a good ten minutes. You know how contagious laughter can be, right? I soon also felt like laughing, but about what? When the pharmacist returned on the phone with my medicine orders, I was just about to explain to her why I was sniggering, but I thought no, she's gonna wonder if I'm in need of 'medication' myself. So I said nothing. Being from Detroit, I was not around many live chickens growing up, but after being in Novato a few years, I can now say I know the difference between how a Hen clucks vs how a Rooster clucks. I think they may have been reacting to a greedy pair of Blue Jays that kept coming by to help themselves to the Sunflower Seeds on the ground. Anyone else had such an experience listening to 'A Hen Party"?
My neighbor has a dog named Sam. He talks to me. He says things. Bad things.
Why does everybody feel the need to question the chicken about crossing the road?
Bunch’a damn fascists.
They keep trying to cross the road all the time, don’t they?
Why did the libertarian chicken cross the road?
“Why do you need to know? Do you have a warrant? Am I being detained? Am I free to go?”
I know blue jays do. I was sitting on the porch one day watching a blue jay watch our cat prepare a hole to go to the bathroom in. After said hole met the cat’s standards he turned around to put it to use. Just then the jay flew right by the cat and cat lunged at him but missed. Messed his hole up so he straightened it out meticulously. when satisfied he turned around to do his morning business and here came the blue jay again. This went on for a good ten minutes. It was hilarious and yes birds do have a sense of humor.
Well you know. I realize some chickens are moderate.
Not all chickens are buffalo wings but all buffalo wings are chicken.
There would certainly be a lot more to them than we can really know.
Do you have a neighbor named Craig?
“Do Chickens Have a Sense of Humor?”
The feminist ones sure don’t.
My cat seems to, based on his “oh yeah piss me off, well im gonna *wets on clothes*
Yes they certainly do ,, but like people they differ greatly in intelligence ,, I have a parrot that enjoys conversing with one chicken in particular ,, the others are too dense and can’t hold a conversation.
Owls don’t give a hoot.
yes, they do....but it’s foul. :P
Whenever we took a butcher knife to lop off their heads, the chickens didn’t seem to have a sense of humor.
The more important question is, do they have large talons?