Protective mother hens: cognitive influences on the avian maternal response

@article{Edgar2013ProtectiveMH,
  title={Protective mother hens: cognitive influences on the avian maternal response},
  author={J. Edgar and E. Paul and C. Nicol},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2013},
  volume={86},
  pages={223-229}
}
We previously demonstrated that domestic hens, Gallus gallus domesticus, show behavioural and physiological responses when witnessing mild chick distress, and possess the underlying foundations of emotional empathy. However, no studies have determined how cognitive influences affect empathic processes in birds. A fundamental question is whether a mother hen's response to chick distress is mediated by her knowledge about the situation or by chick distress cues. We therefore investigated how… Expand
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