Can chickens learn from observation???

By Barredrock360 · Aug 6, 2015 · ·
  1. Barredrock360
    I was wondering if white leghorns could increase their intelligence just a little by watching themselves on a training course on a TV.

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  1. Barredrock360
    Thanks for the response. :)
  2. zuluchicken
    This is a very interesting question.
    I don't know if they will learn something by observation but I do know that they learn by means of association and repetitive behaviour. I have taught my 12 Buff Orpingtons from a very young age to go to the coop no matter where they are on my large yard. I always use the same words, volume and pitch when I call them. I use the words "Hok Toe" (in Afrikaans) which means "Go to the coop". When they arrived at the coop I always reward them with something nice to eat. They are therefore associating my command with food and they know by now that they will only get the food once they are all inside the coop. So when they hear my voice, even if they can not see me they will come running to the coop. They are now 13 month old.
  3. Brookliner
    I do kniw that after having taken a video with audio of my roosters crowing and clucking to themselves, i played it back to them a couple of months later and they all quieted down and were listening intently. So it did mean something to them, though I am not sure what.

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