30 Dec '17, 10pm

Utilizing operant conditioning to train chickens reveals they are indeed an intelligent bird:

Utilizing operant conditioning to train chickens reveals they are indeed an intelligent bird:

To determine if chickens are capable of self-control, they offered hens a choice between an immediate but small payoff and a larger payoff available after a delay. The impulsive hen choosing the less-delayed reward obtained less value, while the hen waiting for a more valuable reward was able to maximize her gain by showing self-control. Hens were trained to peck colored keys giving them a choice between access to feed almost immediately (impulsive) but only for a short time and waiting several seconds (self-control) to gain access to feed for a longer period that allowed them to eat more. A significant number of the hens held out for more feed, proving chickens are capable of understanding that a current choice has future consequences. Training a Chicken Training a chicken is simple but not easy. It requires a consistent, methodical approach and lots of patience. It invol...

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