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Chickens 'cleverer than toddlers'

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"The domesticated chicken is something of a phenomenon," Christine Nicol, professor of animal welfare at Bristol University, and the head of a study sponsored by the Happy Egg Company.

She told The Times: "Studies over the past 20 years have revealed their finely honed sensory capacities, their ability to think, draw inferences, apply logic and plan ahead."

Very useful if you have to fend for yourself from cracking open the egg. Young humans need feeding for many years before they can do anything for themselves of course.

Would be useful if they had the innate ability to avoid putting metal things into plug sockets or dragging pans off stoves. :)

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I thought it was given that all other forms of vertebrates had better sensory perception than mammals in the early stages.

Who funded this research ?


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