Chickens Are As Intelligent As 7-year-old Kids, According To Scientist

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Chickens, after all, are not as dumb or clueless as we have previously thought, a new study on chicken intelligence has found.

If one is told “chicken-brained,” that person should, in a way, take offense as it probably has a derogatory meaning. This, along with other personifications of chickens, only shows our lack of understanding on chicken intelligence.

And yes, there is such a thing as chicken intelligence.

Although they are often described as dimwitted creatures, a new study has found that the chicken brain contains more than the instinctual drive to look for food and to mate. In fact, it was found that chickens process more complex processes that humans haven’t imagined.

Chickens Are Intelligent, Too

According to the study, its result published in the journal Springer, chickens exhibit complex social and emotional processes. These are on top of the fact that they possess intelligence beyond satisfying food and sex drives.

The Someone Project’s Lori Marino, who led the study, said that chicken intelligence should not be underestimated.

The study has found that chickens have a profound understanding of their pecking order and other complex social processes. This same quality does not emerge among humans until the age of seven. This makes domestic chickens as smart as a seven-year-old child.

More Complex Abilities

“They are perceived as lacking most of the psychological characteristics we recognize in other intelligent animals and are typically thought of as possessing a low level of intelligence compared with other animals. The very idea of chicken psychology is strange to most people,” Marino said.

The study demonstrated, through experiments, that chickens are capable of doing simple arithmetic, specifically on the concept of ordinality. Just like other animals, including humans, chickens have the ability to place quantities in a series.

Scared of physics? Well, the study also claimed that chickens could predict the trajectory of a falling ball. This ability is helpful in avoiding being hit by the ball before it even hits the ground.