Chickens don’t have a reputation for being the brightest group in the animal kingdom, but a new study has found we may have dramatically underestimated their brainpower.

Researchers found that chickens have distinct personalities, numerical abilities and show self-awareness, among other traits.

Dr Lori Marino, a lecturer in Neuroscience at Emory University and the author of the review, said: ‘They (chickens) are perceived as lacking most of the psychological characteristics we recognize in other intelligent animals and are typically thought of as possessing a low level of intelligence compared with other animals.’

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