VegNews Daily

New Study: Chicks More Intelligent Than Toddlers

Researchers found that newly hatched chicks demonstrate a level of intelligence that takes human children years to develop.

Animal welfare professor Christine Nicol of Bristol University recently published a research paper, The Intelligent Hen, which found newly born chicks displayed intelligence within hours of being born. The baby chickens could process numbers up to five and were able to decipher between two different-sized groups of objects; when tested, they almost always chose the larger group. Professor Nicol states that while this seems to occur naturally in chicks, toddlers learn such numeracy much later in their development. The chicks knew an object still existed after moving it out of sight––something humans learn at about one-year old––and also exhibited self-control and an understanding of geometry. This scientific finding magnifies “the importance of providing these amazing creatures with the environment that enables them to live out their natural instincts,” she writes.

 Comments

Jane Birkin: I Don't Want My Name on Your Crocodile Purse

The British actress and singer asked to have her name removed from iconic Hermes bag after PETA investigation.
Read More »

Long Island's First Vegan Restaurant Opens Today

3 Brothers Vegan Cafe features pizza with housemade vegan cheese.
Read More »

Vegan Company Turns Down Google Buy-Out Offer

The $300 million offer didn't impress plant-based meat-and-cheese start-up, Impossible Foods.
Read More »

Asia Gets First Plant-Based Culinary Academy

American chef Matthew Kenney helped open the innovative vegan cooking school at a Thai resort.
Read More »

Hain Celestial Group Acquires European Vegan Company

The US food conglomerate, which specializes in vegetarian and vegan brands, ups its European presence.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »