Chickens are smarter than toddlers! Here Are 4 Curious Facts To Prove It

Did you know there are no federal laws protecting chickens? On factory farms, these animals are forced to endure horrific abuses and their misery is kept hidden behind closed doors, keeping the public in the dark about the truth.

Case in point: COK’s shocking  investigative video filmed inside multiple facilities supplying the nation’s largest chicken producer, Tyson Foods, reveals birds being kicked, thrown, punched, run over by forklifts, and even suffocated. In both the meat and egg industries, chickens endure some of the worst cruelty in animal agribusiness.

As Scientific American wrote,

“Chickens are smart, and they understand their world, which raises troubling questions about how they are treated on factory farms.” 

These intelligent and socials birds have remarkable personalities!

Get to know these amazing individuals:

Chickens are smarter than toddlers! Here Are 4 Curious Facts To Prove It

Studies have found that chickens are smarter than human toddlers.

Within just hours of hatching, they’re able to “master skills and develop abilities that a human child can take months and years to accomplish.” So if you’re ever called a “bird brain,” take it as a compliment! Because chickens are capable of mathematical reasoning, self-control and planning ahead, transitive inference (if A>B and B>C, then A>C), and basic structural engineering.

Chickens display empathy for one another.

Mother hens have been found to show signs of stress when they see their chicks becoming distressed. In factory farming, chickens regularly see other chickens enduring extreme stress, pain, and suffering.

Hens will go to great lengths to build a safe nest to lay their eggs. Yet on egg factory farms, most hens are crammed inside tiny wire cages, unable to even stretch their wings or walk, let alone build a nest. In chicken breeding factory farms, birds are crammed by the tens of thousands inside dark sheds for male or female birds, denied the chance to feel sunshine and fresh air or walk in grass.

Hens turn their eggs several times an hour,

Chickens are smarter than toddlers! Here Are 4 Curious Facts To Prove It

clucking to their babies who chirp in response. Sadly, chickens in both the meat and egg industries start their lives in industrial hatcheries and will never see their mothers.

Meet Strawberry!

Chickens are smarter than toddlers! Here Are 4 Curious Facts To Prove It

This inquisitive hen was rescued by Animal Place, and she loves to watch nature videos. Watch, then share to show friends how amazing chickens really are.

The best way to protect chickens like Strawberry, and all animals, is to leave them off our plates. With so many healthy and compassionate plant-based options available — from chicken-free Beyond Meat to egg-free The Vegg, it’s easier than ever before.

If you still have doubts about that, check out these 12 Extra Creamy Vegan Recipes and Go Vegan Overnight Guide.