Source: The Guardian

Researchers suggest that people can distinguish the emotional states of chickens based on their vocalizations, offering a potential tool for improving the welfare of poultry. In a study conducted by the University of Queensland, audio recordings of hens were played to nearly 200 volunteers, with 69% accurately discerning whether the birds were expressing happiness about an imminent treat or frustration due to the absence of a reward.

The findings imply a shared communicative aspect in how animals express emotions. If validated, the research could pave the way for artificial intelligence-driven acoustic monitoring of chicken flocks, providing a cost-effective means for breeders to assess and enhance the well-being of their poultry. The study aligns with Charles Darwin’s speculation on emotional vocal expressions in animals.

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