chickens can tell between people?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eeiko321, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Songster

    Sep 1, 2008
    do chickens actually recognise people?

    ive been curious...
    i know chickens brain is far less complicated than a dog for e.g

    like i dont know if its my imagination, but when my hens see me gets more excited because im the one in the family that maintains the coop and feeds them.

    it seems FOOD is the ONLY thing that makes a chickens little brain tick...

    then can they actually think..."oh theres the human that brings us food & treats again!!!!"?
  2. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Yes, it's true. They can recognize different people.
  3. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

    Nov 10, 2008
    yes, they do.

    i reckon a chicken can be as smart as a dog. but it depends if they're in a flock, whether they live outdoors, how much human interaction they get. same for ducks. My ducks are definitely smarter than my dogs (some dogs are actually pretty stupid. i think people overestimate dog's intelligence and underestimate bird's intelligence). i know that ducklings an tell the difference between different people's voices at only 2 days old!
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2008
  4. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    I know our chickens can tell between people. We had a couple of roos who have just become dinner that would be very sweet to my ds, but would attack dh and myself when we came into the run. In many ways my flock is very smart. They know when I come into the run it means they're getting a treat, and they'll follow me around. They know when it's bedtime. It still amazes me that they all file into the coop at dusk. People just don't give them enough credit!

  5. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    mine definately can tell us apart - they run like crazy from my son but they run up to me or my daughter because we are their main care takers [​IMG].

    Isnt it funny how they know... even though they have such little brains?
  6. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Mine sure do. Especially my silkie rooster. He is very protective of his coop and girls. I can come and go as i please, but as soon as my husband steps foot in there he is charged.
    My husband respects the fact that little fuzzball fears nothing!!!!!!
  7. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    My brother-in-law came to see our chickens when we were away and said they were so unfriendly, and wouldn't come near him. I have a tough time walking in the backyard without stepping on a chicken or two. A couple weeks ago we were dog sitting for my mom. If Duke my mom's lab went in the backyard the chickens ran for cover, and Duke ignored the chickens. Our 2 dogs the chickens ignore and often will eat off the same garden scraps.
  8. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    ABSOLUTELY! Roos especially will have preferences for some people over others.
  9. Yep, they do. They cluck for everybody at our place, sing to me and form a full choir to lure hubby into the coop...heh [​IMG]
  10. ChickaD

    ChickaD Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    central Vermont
    Yeah, our chickens sure know the difference between people. They often follow me all around when I'm working outside, knowing I'm their best shot at getting treats. It often surprises me how fast they can learn something - when they want to! [​IMG]

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