Researchers Find Birds Show Empathy, Have Distinct Personalities And Can Even Count

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Chicken Have Intellect

Never underestimate a chicken: Researchers find birds have distinct personalities, can count and even show Machiavellian-like tendencies


The research reviewed studies on chicken intelligence and personality
Chickens are able to add, subtract and even discriminate between quantities
They have self-control and will wait longer for a greater food reward
They know their place in the pecking order based on observing other chickens
They use different alarm calls depending on the type of predator they see
They have distinct personalities and can experience a range of complex emotions including fear, anticipation, anxiety and even empathy

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  • Don_in_Odessa

    Been raising and observing chicken behavior in a backyard flock for years. Could’ve saved the researchers some money.