FEET AND BEAK ES­SEN­TIAL FOR SENSE OF TOUCH

Country Smallholding - - Pen Poultry -

QHow does a chicken touch and where is its sense of touch?

ANDY SAYS: A good ques­tion given that a chicken has no hands. Their sense of touch pri­mar­ily re­lies upon the beak and the pads of the feet, both of which are es­sen­tial for find­ing and con­sum­ing food. The re­cep­tors work by re­spond­ing to pres­sure changes and are very sen­si­tive. Chick­ens are also able to de­tect vi­bra­tions us­ing re­cep­tors in their feet, legs and skin. This sense en­ables them to be able to de­tect move­ment when light is poor, or vi­sion is ob­structed. When such move­ment is iden­ti­fied the bird will be­come alert and may emit a warn­ing call.

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