Are Chickens Smart?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mattemma, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I have been putting my RSL hen into a pet carrier at night due to fighting issues,and her pooping on everyones eggs. Spiteful young lady she is.

    Anyway, I went to get her last night and she wasn't in the chicken shed with the others.Figured she was under a table in the yard,or maybe the hawk got her. I was headed to the house to get a flash light and decided to look in the carrier. Well she was in there! She got through the fence and walked into the garage.Normally I close the garage door,but yesterday I left it open. I think she was trying to get in the day before too,but I had the door closed. She remembers the carrier and now seems to prefer it over the nest box. If I had room in the chicken shed I would put the carrier in there for her.

    I did not think chickens remember much,but somehow she knows to roost in the carrier that is in the garage.My little witchy girl.
  2. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    I believe you answered your own question!
  3. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    Springfield, GA
    I had a rooster that would free range with the other chickens in the yard and in the evening he would put himself in the 10x10 dog kennel where I kept him seperate from the flock. When it comes to bed time it seems they know where to go!
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I believe they are more intelligent than they let on [​IMG]
  5. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    I don't know about smart, but they certainly are manipulative!!! Wait so yeah they are smart [​IMG]
  6. RoosterRidge

    RoosterRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Dry Fork, Va.
    Quote:X2 They have great memories and when I open my back door they all come running for their treats of the day... When I don't let them out to free range when they think it's time I swear I hear them saying (Let us out Lady)... Sounds crazy I know but they also know when they are doing something they shouldn't... [​IMG]
  7. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    Smart is kind of relative. They do remember and strongly follow conditioned patterns. They know the difference between a familiar person/cat/ dog and a stranger. They can learn their names. They can learn to seek out their caretaker to solve a problem--btw, my son's tarantula can do that last one.
  8. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    they recognize my car when I get home at night and they know what a silver pie tin is used for as well...
    they may not be "smart" per se, but they have great memories!
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They are smarter than some folks give them credit for, I think, but mostly, they are creatures of habit.
  10. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2011
    Any living thing which can worm its way into my heart of stone is smart: my chickens are incredibly smart [​IMG]

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