When most people think of chickens they think they are not very bright. This is my 2nd day with the chicks. They have learned what to do when the cat jumps on the brooder. I taped a piece of cardboard on the lid so the cat cant reach through and possibly snag one. As soon as they hear the cat jump onto the table next to the brooder they run for the corner under the cardboard. But yet when I walk up to the brooder and tap on it they dont move, they just keep doing what ever they were doing. Maybe its not really smarts but hey they are my babies so like any other parent I think mine are the biggest, brightest, cuties ever.