When studying birds it is good to begin with a hen. Those of us who live in rural areas and keep chickens have this advantage. Chickens, because they are ground birds, are easy to study. They will come to greet you in the barnyard and look earnestly with one eye then turning her head so as to check up her observations with the other eye. Meantime she asks us a little question in a sweet, soft tone which we understand perfectly to mean “Do you have a little something special for me to eat?” She is very interesting to watch. You can learn about feathers, and bird feet from this bird. Watch the different things she pecks at. Notice how birds act socially.
The chicken is a great first bird to observe.