Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chicken intelligence

I’d like to add my 2 cents to the chicken intelligence debate. The consensus is that chickens are dumb. I disagree. They have been around in their current form for at least 8,000 years. The fact that they have survived that long is testament to their natural intelligence. Granted, people have been protecting them (not for humane reasons) all that time, but they still have the survival tools of their predecessors the Red Junglefowl.

One of my hens, Darla, has learned to get more feed by pecking the feeder, which causes feed to settle down into the feeding area. The feeder is poorly designed, and Darla has figured out how to make it work better. I think this shows great use of her brain.

Label me a “fan” of the chicken.

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