New Video Shows Chicken Intelligence

Chickens’ mental ability is akin to cats, dogs, and toddlers.


A new video released by animal-activist group Mercy For Animals features chickens completing complex tasks such as identifying matching playing cards, remembering which cup out of four is covering a nugget of food, and understanding sequences of events. According to the video, chickens have a knack for remembering objects, can learn through observation, and seem to enjoy mental challenges. This video is strikingly similar to footage of cats, dogs, and human toddlers performing similar tasks. The purpose of releasing this content is to show people that species such as chickens are incredibly intelligent, and that there is no difference between animals many eat as food and those they consider companions.