Granted, chickens do not look smart at first glance. The stupid chicken, as it is literally so beautiful, but can not speak. The poultry is pretty clever and clever.
Nobody would like to be compared to a chicken, because they are proverbially considered stupid. But with this statement we are doing the poultry wrong, as scientists have found out. In fact, poultry is smarter than its reputation.
Studies prove: chickens are pretty smart
Proof that chickens are not stupid is the result of numerous studies, including that of Lori Marino. The scientist has taken a closer look at the intelligence of chickens. In the journal "Animal Cognition" the US biologist has compiled her results - no trace of "stupid chicken"!
Communication and self-control
More complex than is often assumed, according to the scientific report, is the communication of poultry. In addition to a repertoire of 24 different sounds, chickens are also able to communicate non-verbally with visual signs.
In addition, chickens have a certain sense of time: If they are offered more tasty food, the birds rather wait and prove a degree of self-control. They do not devour it, according to Lori Marino.
Compassion and deception
Also, the animals can show compassion. For example, when a chick's fluff was ruffled by a gust of wind in front of his baby, it developed similar stress symptoms as the startled offspring.
However, chickens can also be quite different, namely trick and fool. Inferior roosters lure hens to found food without the typical "Dok-dok" calls, so that the Alpha-Rooster hears nothing of it.
Understanding of math and physics
In addition, even before the scientific study by Lori Marino Italian researchers came to the realization that chicks can count. They are able to distinguish large from small quantities. That resulted in tests with yellow plastic eggs.
In addition to a basic understanding of mathematics, chickens also seem to be familiar with physical laws. The poultry can remember the trajectory of a ball for up to three minutes and predict where it will hit.
Conclusion: Because of stupid chicken!
Chickens have personal characteristics, can deceive each other and are capable of logical conclusions. Because of these amazing skills they are smarter than expected. So it is all the more important, according to Lori Marino, to reconsider the factory farming of chickens. Such an attitude does not do justice to the smart poultry.