Fish Man! asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

how smart are chickens ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Leading animal behavior scientists from across the globe now tell us that chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals whose cognitive abilities are more advanced than those of cats, dogs, and even some primates. Chickens understand sophisticated intellectual concepts, learn from watching each other, demonstrate self-control, worry about the future, and even have cultural knowledge that is passed from generation to generation. Dr. Chris Evans, who studies animal behavior and communication at Macquarie University in Australia, says, “As a trick at conferences, I sometimes list these attributes, without mentioning chickens, and people think I’m talking about monkeys.”

    Chickens comprehend cause-and-effect relationships and understand that objects still exist even after they are hidden from view. This puts the cognitive abilities of chickens above those of small human children. Scientists are so impressed with what we now know about the intellect of chickens and other birds that a group of international experts recently called for a new naming system to reflect the complex, mammal-like structure of avian brains. Dr. Christine Nicol, who studies chicken intelligence, reflected, “They may be ‘bird brains,’ but we need to redefine what we mean by ‘bird brains.’ Chickens have shown us they can do things people didn’t think they could do. There are hidden depths to chickens, definitely.”

    When in their natural surroundings, not on factory farms, chickens form complex social hierarchies, also known as “pecking orders,” and every chicken knows his or her place on the social ladder and remembers the faces and ranks of more than 100 other birds. People who have spent time with chickens know that each bird has a different personality that often relates to his or her place in the pecking order—some are gregarious and fearless, while others are more shy and watchful; some chickens enjoy human company, while others are standoffish, shy, or even a bit aggressive. Just like dogs, cats, and humans, each chicken is an individual with a distinct personality.

  • 5 years ago

    I'm really not happy to hear that chickens have ANY form of intelligence considering how humans treat them and the purpose they're produced for. It would be horrible if they knew their lot in life. :(

  • Davey
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    As a kid, I used to visit Knot's Berry Farm and around the park were situated vending machines that held live chickens and/or rabbits, ducks. You'd drop in your coin, a light would come on and the hen or whatever would peck or pull a knob and a few pellets of food would fall into a trough and you'd get your prize in the chute below. I have always thought chickens were dumb clucks, actually.

  • 3 years ago

    that is interior the feed the are fed stupid LOL that is genuine, they're fed chemical factors of their feeds....... to spice up the productiveness of the chickens...and that is think to make the eggs healther for us...... yet, as quickly as I see a rooster that appears like a physique builder, all muscules and working the mile, i will cease ingesting eggs.....

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not very. The are fast learners with things like where their food is, and animals/objects they should stay away from, etc. But they are very dumb, and their memory is pretty bad, too. Their brains are tiny. No matter what you believe in (God, evolution, etc.), chickens were put on this earth as food and fertilizer, so not only do they not need to be smart, they need to be dumb.

  • 1 decade ago

    I grew up on a farm with plenty of chickens running around and the only smart thing I saw them do was run fast as they could at the first sign of the chopping axe.

  • 1 decade ago

    Why they are brilliant. They write books, do physics problems, do commentary for sports, maybe we may even see one as president.

  • 1 decade ago

    i always hear they are dumb

    but i saw this think about these chickens in Las Vega that play tic tac toe

    it's priceless

  • jigfam
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Have you ever seen a chicken at uni?

  • 1 decade ago

    Have you considered giving them an IQ test? That should answer your question.

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