Professor Discover's "Hidden Depths" in Chicken Intelligence
Chickens never cease to amaze us! Professor Christin Nicol discovered chickens are not stupid as previously thought. In a study spanning more than 20 years she found chickens are greedy and figured out quickly that if they wait they get to eat longer and she discovered a few more interesting facts about chickens you will find here.
Professor Discover's "Hidden Depths" in Chicken Intelligence Study Results
Christine Nicol, (Bristol University Professor of Animal Welfare) reviewed 20 years of research on the topic of chicken intelligence said it is wrong to think of chickens as being stupid stating that they have many hidden depths’. Chickens were given a choice between two or three plastic eggs, they would inevitably choose the more eggs. Even when researchers would move the eggs from one group to another the birds would choose the larger group. Newborn baby chicks could keep track of numbers up to five, indicating cognitive and mathmatical abilities. In further experiments the chickens showed more interest in a diagram of objects which could be built rather than one that defied the law of physics. The birds were able to understand that even if an object was moved out of their view it still exists. This study showed that human children are usually around a year old when they are able to grasp this same concept. Other traits discovered in this study demonstrated that chickens show basic empathy, can plan ahead, and self control which was proven in one study where 93% of the hens were given food for a longer period of time if they waited longer to get it (McRae,2013).
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References: Macrae, Fiona (June 18, 2013, updated June 19, 2013). Chickens smarter than human toddlers studies suggest. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2344198/Chickens-smarter-human-toddlers-Studies-suggest-animals-master-numeracy-basic-engineering.html#ixzz4T9l9hwml