A new study showed that chickens are just as intelligent as their feathered friends, have thinking skills on par with mammals and primates and even exhibit Machiavellian tendencies.
The study published in the journal Animal Cognition reviewed previous researches and concluded that chickens are intelligent and emotional animals with individual personalities.
“Chickens are behaviorally sophisticated, discriminating among individuals, exhibiting Machiavellian-like social interactions, and learning socially in complex ways that are similar to humans,” the report revealed.
Author Loro Marino said that chickens show logical reasoning that humans only develop at the age of seven. Marino is a senior scientist at “The Someone Project,” a venture focused on changing public perceptions of farm animals.
Chickens know how to manipulate and strategize. Roosters could attract hens by making false food calls while hens would eventually ignore those who made false alerts too often.
They also showcase social awareness and recognize their social hierarchy. Hens could also influence the behavior of their chicks, and display different types of communication and vocalization.
Scientists believed that corvids, a family of birds that includes crows, ravens, rooks and jays, may be the most intelligent animals as they have the ability to solve problems, make tools, and predict the future.