June 19th, 2013 | Posted in General News by social
Here at the happy egg co we’re always looking for ways we can keep our girls happy and to ensure we’re providing the best conditions and most mentally stimulating entertainment for our hens.
Working alongside Bristol University, the happy egg co have commissioned a new academic review that’s dispelled one of history’s oldest myths; revealing that chickens are far higher up the intellectual pecking order than previously thought and in fact possess mental skills that are superior to human toddlers!
Here’s a few key facts from the report:
- Chickens have the capacity to outperform young children when it comes to numeracy and logic.
- They are also able to exercise greater self-control (a recognised sign of higher intelligence) – choosing to delay a reward for a better one.
- Chickens don’t seem to be ‘taught’ how to count like humans, instead they are able to keep track of numbers up to five just hours after hatching.
- Chickens are born with an instinctive ability in physics; preferring to approach objects that they know physically make sense to those with an inconsistent or dubious structure.
- They’re also able to keep track of objects and individuals that fall out of sight – something that babies don’t develop until around 1 year old.
We’re going to be using these findings to inform future designs for new outdoor play areas that will ensure all of our girls are mentally and physically stimulated. If hens are as clever as we believe, we think it’s even more important that we provide them with the environment that reflects – and nurtures – their mental agility.