We all know by now that babies do not particularly love the sour taste of lemons — but do chickens?
One man set out to answer that burning question. And the result was pretty amusing.
TikToker eddypattt16 fed his chicken Pepper a small piece of lemon pulp and recorded the bird’s reaction.
In a clip that has since been viewed over 2.5 million times, Pepper tentatively pecks the fruit from his owner’s hand, and, after processing the new flavor, tilts his head in an utterly confused manner.
The reaction sends Eddy into hysterics.
Unsurprisingly, followers absolutely ate up Pepper’s reaction to the sour flavor.
“Bro HIS REACTION WAS PERFECT so unexpected,” one user wrote.
“THE WAY HE LOOKED YOU THO,” commented a third.
According to agriculture blog Fresh Eggs Daily, chickens “will eat almost anything” — but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their preferences.
“Chickens actually do have a sense of taste, but they are a long way from possessing a palate to rival that of a James Beard finalist,” the blog notes. “While humans have between 8,000-10,000 taste buds, the average chicken has less than 350.”
Apparently, chickens have the ability to taste almost the same exact flavor profiles as humans, except for sweetness.
“They have the ability to taste salty, sour and bitter, but don’t seem particularly attracted to salty, sour or bitter foods,” Fresh Eggs Daily says.
Interestingly, chickens also lack a receptor for hot foods, meaning they can eat very spicy peppers without being bothered.
If you enjoyed this story, check out this baby’s hilarious reaction to eating a sour lemon.
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