American chickens are one of the few birds that aren’t dumb.
Their brains work in exactly the same way as humans do.
And yet they’re also surprisingly dumb.
“They can only remember about four things at a time,” says Mark Eakin, a professor of biology at the University of Texas at Austin who studies the evolution of intelligence.
“We call them the human-like chickens.
We call them chickens because they’re a species.”
If the chickens were dumb, they’d be pretty smart, too.
And in the past few decades, a growing number of studies have pointed to the fact that chickens are more intelligent than dogs and cats.
That’s because chickens have evolved in the same evolutionary path as us humans.
“Humans are all born dumb,” Eakin says.
“And when we get to be older, the more intelligent we get, the dumbest we get.”
It’s not just the chickens, either.
A recent study published in Nature suggests that birds like the red-throated grouse, which are widely thought to be smarter than humans, are actually less intelligent than chickens.
And the intelligence gap isn’t limited to birds.
The most intelligent mammal, the chimpanzee, is more intelligent by far than any other animal.
And a study published last year in Science found that some primates are less intelligent in some respects than humans.
So when it comes to intelligence, chickens are the smartest animals.
And that’s good news for you, the human.
Here’s how chickens learn.
The eggs are laying eggs In order to hatch, a chick must first learn to walk.
This can take a long time.
The chick has to learn how to use her legs and feet to get around.
If the chick is lucky enough to get her first pair of legs, she’ll likely be able to walk by the time she’s four months old.
But that’s only part of the story.
The second and third weeks of her life, she’s learning how to make a nest, where she’ll be able for the first time to explore the world outside of her nest.
These two weeks of life can be particularly challenging for chickens.
In their natural habitat, they’ll usually find themselves in a tight squeeze with other chickens.
So chickens need to learn to use their legs, and that can be hard.
“It’s very hard for a chicken to make its own nest,” says Eakin.
“She needs to be able just to keep on walking and make sure she’s got enough space and that she’s getting enough food and that’s all very difficult.”
This time around, the chicks’ brains are still developing.
They learn from trial and error and practice.
But it’s not like that in the wild.
Birds don’t have the same kind of social hierarchies that humans do, and the chick has no idea how to tell her mate, or what to do when her mate is being aggressive.
And, as a result, she can’t learn to trust people, either, Eakin explains.
“Chickens don’t really have a social structure, so when you put them in a situation like that, they’re going to get stuck,” he says.
So they’ll learn to think in a way that mimics human behavior.
They’ll do things like try to herd chickens together and then tell them to go somewhere else, or to give the chick the food it needs, or tell her to leave.
It’s an instinctual response that’s built into their brains.
But the chick doesn’t have any knowledge about what to think, or about how to communicate with her mate.
“So the chick can’t even think about what her mate should do in these situations, how to say, ‘Go get some more food,'” Eakin said.
And even though they’re learning, chickens can’t master the complex social interactions of the wild, Eakins said.
“A chicken has to rely on her instincts, and they’re very, very, extremely good at it,” he said.
It takes about 10 days for the chick to start to understand how to be a good parent.
She starts to learn basic communication skills, and it takes a while for the chicks brains to mature enough to think like adults.
But, ultimately, the chick learns to be responsible for her eggs.
And it’s this responsibility that the chick takes on as the chick becomes an adult.
When the chick gets older, it’s important for the eggs to start developing again, so that she can start taking care of the chicks and raising the chicks themselves.
“The chicks are really a huge part of her survival,” Eaksin said.
But as she gets older and more successful, the eggs become more difficult to raise.
“In some cases, the mom has to lay her eggs for three years and then they have to be released,” Eakin said, adding that this process is called “egg freezing.”
And when the chicks