Chickens ‘smarter than human toddlers’ - Chicken’s are commonly thought to be stupid animals and of course that has been used as justification as to why they are good animals to eat. These dumb and ‘easy to keep’ animals are perfect for abuse! However the UK’s Happy Egg company has brought up some evidence that may change the way you look at them claiming that in some areas they are ’smarter than human toddlers’.
Digital Spy reported that:
Within just a few hours, chicks can tell the difference between different figures and can also keep track of numbers up to five.
Chickens can also keep track of objects and individuals that fall out of their sight. This is something that human babies do not develop until they are around 1-year-old.
The Happy Egg company said they are using this info to develop new activities for the chickens on their farms.
Personally, as a vegan, I welcome this kind of research and it just adds another slice of info about how much we don’t know about animals and their ‘intelligence’.