Many pet owners know there are few things better than coming home after a long day and greeting their furry, hairy, feathered, or even scaly pets!
Pets can improve our life and health
If like me, you have ever arrived home to be greeted by a licking, loving pooch, you know that pets can help lower our stress levels.
Studies have shown that cuddling a pet, most likely a cat or a dog, releases the “cuddle chemical” oxytocin in both human and pet.
There are numerous health benefits of owning a pet. They range from improved cardiovascular health to a reduced risk of asthma and allergic rhinitis in children exposed to pet allergens, and better overall physical and psychological well-being.
The story of a man and his chicken best friend
Sammi the chicken lives in Destin but travels all over the state, posing for pictures and making memories along the way. Sammi tries her best to come to Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine every weekend.
It was my first time in front of a camera. I was so nervous, I felt like a chicken. #Repost ♻️♻️♻️ @devonravine with @get_repost ・・・ Interviewed @sammichicken today for upcoming story in @nwfdailynews The #rhodeislandred hen can often be found riding shotgun in owner Dave’s #chevrolet pickup truck #thehenlife
Her owner, Dave Cox, shared that he got the unusual pet after his 17-year-old dog passed away. It’s not hard to imagine why he wouldn’t want to get another four-legged friend yet. So, instead, he thought he would go for a pet on two feet.
She’s not your everyday pet, but Sammi the chicken is stealing the hearts of hundreds of Floridians. She walks on a leash, visits different Florida beaches and tourist sites, and goes everywhere with her owner.
She is partially potty trained and loves strawberries. Hundreds of followers have flocked to her Instagram account, which features pictures showing the fun she has wherever she roams.
Chickens also can be our friends
Most of those who have been lucky enough to adopt a chicken tend to fall for them. And if you’re ever lucky to really get to know a chicken, you’ll understand why. Here are a few of the reasons why chickens leave a mark on the hearts of their human friends:
1. They’re nosey but in a good way.
A chicken’s beak isn’t just designed to collect food and water and chat with friends. It’s full of sensory receptors and nerves that enable them to distinguish between types of food and interact with the world around them.
2. They’re super smart.
A recent study has shown that chickens are intelligent and emotional animals, and can demonstrate thinking skills on par with mammals and primates. If you take an object away from a chicken, they will still know it’s there.
3. They’ve got the gift of the gab.
We hear “cluck,” “begerk,” and “bokbok,” but there’s a lot more to it than that. Chickens are effectively talking to each other in a language many of us will never understand.
4. They feel empathy.
Researchers have shown that when a hen’s chicks become distressed, she does too! Her heart starts beating faster, and she’ll increase vocalizations to her little ones.
We hope we’ve been able to convince you to consider getting a chicken as a pet.
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