A new study suggests chickens are sleeping.
It also suggests there are risks of respiratory illnesses.Read more“A study of 1,800 chickens has found that the number of hours spent sleeping was the same in the two groups, suggesting that the birds were doing just fine and were likely to be getting the same quality of sleep.
The study, published in the journal Science, also found that chickens are being raised in a way that makes them more susceptible to infections, including E.coli, Salmonella, and salmonella-caused coronavirus.
“This is the first time that the association between bird sleep deprivation and disease risk has been shown,” study researcher Dr Anna Jernigan said.
“We found that birds that spend most of their time in the eggshell, the feathers and the nest box are more at risk.”
Dr Jernigans work with the Australian Bird Research Institute (ABRI), which has been working on the research.
“It’s an opportunity to explore the link between birds and disease in a new way,” she said.
Dr Jarnigan said the findings were consistent with what she and her team had seen in other studies, which found that poultry were being raised differently to humans.
“I would have thought that people who raised chickens would be doing the same thing as the people who raise pigs or pigs or cows,” she told news.com, “but we know that chickens have a different lifestyle.”
Dr Anna Jarnigans study found that chicken sleep deprivation was linked to respiratory illnesses, such as E. coli, Saline-like infections, and respiratory disease in humans.
Dr Anna’s study was the first to look at bird sleep and health in the context of human disease.
“Most studies have looked at the health and mortality of poultry and they’re all looking at mortality and disease incidence,” she explained.
“So what we’re looking at is a much more holistic view of what is happening in chickens and it’s a much better way of looking at it.”
Dr Jane O’Sullivan, a researcher from the University of Sydney, has been studying the linkages between birds, people, and diseases.
“In general, we don’t have any good studies that look at birds as a whole, but the general trend is that the correlation between birds is much stronger in people than in other groups,” she, who was not involved in the study, said.
This is an emerging area, Dr O’Sullys research shows.
“What we’re seeing now is that birds are being kept in a very different environment from the humans, in terms of temperature, environmental factors and so on,” Dr O’sullivan said.
It’s not a new finding.
“As far back as the 1920s, scientists have recognised that birds can be susceptible to respiratory diseases, and they’ve been working with chickens for some time,” Dr Jernans said.
The studies findings are similar to what we’ve seen in animals.
“There’s also been a lot of studies that have looked into birds and their behavior in different environments, so we know how they are exposed to pathogens,” Dr Anna said.
She said that she was very surprised to see such a strong link between chicken sleep and human disease, as well as between chicken and humans.
The research was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Forestry (DAAF).
Dr Jennigan said she was looking forward to continuing to work with other researchers in Australia, the world, and the US on the study.
“These are all areas of research that we can’t really afford to not do, because they’re really important areas of the human population,” she added.
Dr O’Brien said she hoped the findings would encourage further studies into the health of birds and humans, and that more information would be needed to inform health and safety advice.
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