Are Chickens Smart?

Mattemma

Crowing
10 Years
Aug 12, 2009
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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.
 

m_shuman

Songster
8 Years
Apr 22, 2011
265
6
111
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!
 

aoxa

Crowing
8 Years
Aug 8, 2011
19,042
1,236
421
Shediac Cape NB, Canada
My Coop
My Coop
I believe they are more intelligent than they let on
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RoosterRidge

Songster
8 Years
Jun 14, 2011
255
13
101
Dry Fork, Va.
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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...
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mamaKate

Songster
11 Years
Sep 9, 2008
1,113
6
161
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.
 

JodyJo

Songster
9 Years
Sep 27, 2010
2,786
55
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Colorado
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!
 

Mum

Songster
8 Years
Dec 23, 2011
872
27
128
UK
Any living thing which can worm its way into my heart of stone is smart: my chickens are incredibly smart
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