In recent years, the scientific community has increasingly focused on studying animal languages. Recent research from scientists at Dalhousie University has revealed that even ordinary chickens have remarkably complex communication systems.
The study found that chicken “conversations” are not as simple as a set of sounds. Chickens actually express joy, fear, and transmit social signals to each other using a complex system of sound and non-verbal signals. Similar to humans, the “language” of chickens can change based on age, environmental conditions, and the domestication process.
Researchers have turned to artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to decipher the chickens’ communication system. By using neural networks to analyze large sets of audio data, scientists are able to uncover the rules that govern the birds’ “conversation”. They can determine which sounds are associated with positive or negative emotions, how chickens communicate and react to external stimuli.
In addition to vocalization, scientists also study non-verbal signals from hens, such as eye blinking and changes in temperature in the eye and head. These signals can serve as reliable indicators of the chickens’ emotional states. Researchers use non-invasive methods, like video surveillance and thermography, to observe changes in behavior and physiological states of chickens. This allows them to determine whether the birds are experiencing stress, comfort, joy, or fear in specific situations.
The practical implications of this study could have a significant impact on poultry farming. By understanding the “language” of chickens, farmers can optimize the growing process and improve the conditions for the birds. This approach could potentially be applied to other types of poultry in the future.
Furthermore, decoding bird communication opens up opportunities for more humane treatment of animals. It urges us to reconsider our bird neighbors and treat them with attention and compassion.
The study highlights the positive potential of artificial intelligence technologies and sets a high standard for future developments in animal science.