I have become quite familiar with certain breeds, and am still becoming familiar with others, but one thing I have to say that I notice immediately is how smart, or dumb a bird is, and how smart or dumb the breed is as a whole. Bantam Cochins seems to be of average intelligence, as do BO's, SLW's, EE's, D'Anvers, OEGB's, and Brahmas. I've noticed that our Seramas seem to be extremely smart. The weather is cooling off already, and we already had plans to keep our Seramas inside this winter, so what we did was put diapers on, and let them walk around. Well, Charlie, the roo, has already figured out how to get the diaper off. I have it rigged right now so he can't, and he's mad about that. He knows the kitchen is where the food comes from (only got them 2 weeks ago, mind you), has figured out how to fly up to the garbage can to look for scraps, after observing us put things in the can, and knows to fly up to the sink for water if he gets thirsty (because he's too lazy to walk ALL the way back to the living room to his bowl, lol), and if he and Eve, his beautiful little hen, see you cooking or making a meal, they are right under foot. Tonight I made lasagna, and they tried to fly up to the table to snatch a bit or two, but I told them no and moved them to the floor. Realizing mommy didn't want him on the table he stood so close to my leg that his chest was against me, and then purred and growled until I threw him and Eve some scraps, lol. Once they had their fill, they left the room. Talk about pushy! Makes me wonder who is training who? My Marans are smart too. I've moved the last of the Marans babies out to the coop as they are now 14 weeks old, but I kid you not when I say that every evening when the sun goes down, they come up onto my porch and wait at the door for it to open so they can rush inside and to their old brooder which still is in use for a Cochin mixed chick that is feathering in too slowly, my White Orpington pullet, and 5 Silkies. The Marans had been raised with them, and they are mad that they got moved outside and no one else did, lol. So they rush inside and to the brooder every night, and we have to grab them up and take them out to the coop each night. You'd think that after weeks out in the coop they would learn that the coop is where they should retire too, but nope, these guys know the house is warm and safe, and that there is food in here, lol. As far as the dumber breeds, I keep trying to believe that my Silkies are smart, but I think I'm fighting a losing battle, lol. They are just not that bright. Cute, yes. Friendly, yes. Smart, no. But I love them anyway. What breeds does everyone else think are smart, or not so smart? Sometimes I think that when you want a sweet breed, you are sacrificing smarts for temperment. Can't wait to see what breeds people think are, or are not smart.