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The Intelligence Of Chickens

Postby Jhana4 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:37 pm

I'm not a scientists. I don't play one on TV. I'm educated enough to know that posting a citation to a study is far from being proof of an argument.

Having written all that, I found this fascinating page summarizing "new" findings about how intelligent chickens and roosters are:

Dr. Chris Evans, Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University, Australia

“Chickens exist in stable social groups. They can recognize each other by their facial features. They have 24 distinct cries that communicate a wealth of information to one other, including separate alarm calls depending on whether a predator is traveling by land or sea. They are good at solving problems. ‘As a trick at conferences I sometimes list these attributes, without mentioning chickens, and people think I’m talking about monkeys,’ Mr. Evans said.

Perhaps most persuasive is the chicken’s intriguing ability to understand that an object, when taken away and hidden, nevertheless continues to exist. This is beyond the capacity of small children.”

Grimes W, “If Chickens Are So Smart, Why Aren’t They Eating Us?” New York Times, January 12, 2003.


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Re: The Intelligence Of Chickens

Postby plwk » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:16 am

Until the cat comes along...
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If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: The Intelligence Of Chickens

Postby alan » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:32 am

Chickens have predators that travel by sea? Damn those maritime poultry hawks--they have been eviscerating my flock!
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Re: The Intelligence Of Chickens

Postby chownah » Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:44 am

Perhaps most persuasive is the chicken’s intriguing ability to understand that an object, when taken away and hidden, nevertheless continues to exist. This is beyond the capacity of small children.

Wow,...it's a no brainer for sure.....next time I'll vote for chickens....someone tell those small children to grow up or forever come in second best!!!
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Re: The Intelligence Of Chickens

Postby octathlon » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:29 pm

Jhana4 wrote:... including separate alarm calls depending on whether a predator is traveling by land or sea.


"One if by land, and two if by sea,
And I on the opposite shore will be, bgawk!"
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