2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Chickens Respond To Classical Music
Researchers tested classical, pop, rock and no music, keeping weekly data for 8 weeks. While the hens didn’t increase egg production, the boxes with classical music had 6 percent more eggs laid in them than the other boxes.
“We already know that hens are sensitive to noise and that loud noises of 80 decibels or more can have a profoundly negative effect on them. But it seems pretty clear that the soothing tempo of classical composition can have a positive effect,” says researcher Isabelle Pettersson.
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