Evidence Of High Chicken Intelligence

With more behavioral scientists studying chickens, there is evidence that this fowl’s ‘bird brain’ may be more advanced that we knew. Preparing for the future, learning from trial and error, and remembering things they’ve learned are all within their capabilities. These tests are showing higher chicken intelligence than was realized.

Farmers and other chicken lovers have found that their chickens are able to recognize their own names when they are being called by their owners. The chickens will not respond when the name called is not their own, but will come running at the correct name. A chicken named ‘Pepper’ will not respond to the name, ‘Spot’.

Tests have shown that cause and effect relationships are comprehended by chickens. When an object is placed in the chickens presence, then removed, they realize that it still exists, even when they don’t see it. If given three shapes to choose from, the chickens can figure out which one holds food after only three tries.

Mother hens teach their offspring the more than thirty different and distinct calls that chickens use while they are still in their shells. The mother and the chicks chirp to each other back and forth before they have even hatched. The different vocalizations include calls that differentiate between whether an attacker will come from land or water.

There is a ‘pecking order’ that is based on which chicken is the most fearless. It is not based on size or age. Chickens are able to recognize over 100 different chickens by their facial features. Each chicken has its own personality and distinguishing characteristics, such as shyness or aggressiveness. Some chickens like to interact with humans, while others are standoffish.

When chickens have been given two different colors of feed, the chicken will differentiate which color should be avoided and will teach her chicks the same. During a research test, chickens were given blue and yellow corn. The blue corn had something in it to make the chickens sick. The chickens learned not to eat the blue corn. Even three generations later, the chickens would not eat the blue corn, even without the additive that made the chickens sick.

A test with colored buttons showed that chickens are willing to wait longer to receive a reward than to reach for immediate gratification. The chicken would show self control by waiting longer to push the button to receive more food. A chicken who waited only nine seconds would not receive as much feed as the chicken who received a bonus amount of grain for waiting twenty two seconds.

As more research is done to learn about the behaviors of chickens, evidence is being found that dogs and cats are not far ahead of chickens in intelligence. Higher intelligence is expect to be proven with more observation. Cognitive function is higher that researchers had suspected in the past.
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