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QWhy do my chick­ens scratch the ground when they are tak­ing food from a feeder?

AAndy Cawthray said: Scratch­ing the ground is a deeply en­grained be­haviour with the ge­netic makeup of chick­ens. Their evo­lu­tion de­pended upon this abil­ity to in order to max­imise their suc­cess in find­ing food and, de­spite do­mes­ti­ca­tion, they still ex­hibit this ac­tiv­ity. Scratch­ing has re­sulted in re­ward or food through­out their an­ces­try and even when the food is present chick­ens just can’t seem to stand still.

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