Chickens mad for Mozart project earns young scientist silver
15-year-old's experiment on hens' productivity wins him national medal, despite learning disability
A Nova Scotia teen with a learning disability is back home after winning silver at the national science fair.
The 15-year-old's experiment found that music can increase hens' productivity.
Thian is just doing everything he wants to do, regardless of the fact he can't read the things that he's doing.- Emily Carman, Thian's mother
Thian Carman, who is Nova Scotia’s youngest registered farmer, heard some dairy farmers play music for their cattle in order to get them to relax and produce more milk.
He thought the same principle could work for his chicken flock and decided to test that theory for his science fair experiment.
Carman's experiment earned him a hefty silver medal for excellence over-all at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ontario last week.
His win is all the more impressive considering he earned it despite his learning disability.
“I'm really good at speaking and I can do a lot of stuff orally. I just can't read and I can't really write. But if somebody reads something to me, I won't forget it,” he said.
Carman is able to do some school work orally, but he said for the most part, it just takes him a lot longer than other kids.
“So, like everyone else will be done and I'll still be trying to figure out what I'm supposed to be doing,” he said.
His mother Emily Carman said her son is an inspiration.
“Thian is just doing everything he wants to do, regardless of the fact that he can't read the things that he's doing,” she said.
Carman plans to expand his science fair project next year to include more types of music and other sounds and study their effect on hens' productivity.