The jungle link
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.