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Flock of cock and hens (Gallus gallus domesticus) chickens in field at poultry farm. (Arterra/UIG via Getty Images)

There are 19 billion chickens on the planet, and they exist at our pleasure. Yet we don’t really understand them. Perhaps the wisdom of the chicken isn’t something the world needs to hear, but on the other hand, as factory farming techniques proliferate around the world, and the risk of diseases intensifies, any information chickens can communicate is valuable.

Engineers and poultry scientists at The University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating with farmers to interpret the chicken language to monitor flock and farm conditions. They’ve developed software that can listen in chicken facilities and alert farmers to problems with temperature, air quality, illness, or other stressors.

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A giant inflatable chicken bearing President Donald Trump's signature hairstyle appeared near the White House yesterday. Aerial photos of the display show the 30-foot tall fowl, known as “Trump Chicken” or “Chicken Don,” situated on the plot of land south of the White House called the Ellipse, between the president's residence and the Washington Monument.

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