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QChick­ens orig­i­nate from jun­gle fowl but what made jun­gle fowl suit­able for do­mes­ti­ca­tion?

AAndy Cawthray said: Jun­gle fowl have a num­ber of nat­u­ral traits that gave them a pre­dis­po­si­tion to be­com­ing do­mes­ti­cated. • They cope well with a wide va­ri­ety of cli­mates and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions that are also hab­it­able and tol­er­a­ble to mankind. • They are seed, grass and in­sect eaters ca­pa­ble of for­ag­ing for their own food which means not only can they feed them­selves, they are also not in com­pe­ti­tion with man for the same foods. • They learn to rec­og­nize and fol­low the fe­male par­ent bird in the wild us­ing a process called ‘im­print­ing’. Cru­cially from a do­mes­ti­ca­tion per­spec­tive, if the first thing the chick en­coun­ters is not the par­ent fe­male bird then they can be­come im­printed on that per­son, an­i­mal or mov­ing ob­ject in­stead.

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