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Chicken appear to enjoy watching television, and are highly responsive to video images (Keeling et al., 1993). Research conducted clearly demonstrated that abstract video images, presented in front of the home cage for 10 min on consecutive days, reliably attracted and sustained the interest of individually housed laying hens for as long as 8 days (Clarke et al., 2000). Regular video stimulation also was found to reduce chick's fear of an unfamiliar environment (Clarke et al., 1999).


  1. Clarke, C. H., Jones, R. B. 2000. Responses of adult laying hens to abstract video images presented repeatedly outside the home cage. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 67, 97-110.
  2. Clarke, C. H., Jones, R. B. 1999. Effects of prior video stimulation on open-field behaviour in domestic chicks tested with or without a familiar video image. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 66, 107-117.
  3. Keeling, L. J., Hurnik, J. F. 1993. Chickens show socially facilitated feeding behaviour in response to a video image of a conspecific. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 36, 223-231.