A new study suggests chickens are 'smarter than toddlers'

Last updated at 17:14
A chicken outside in grass.

Research from Bristol University suggests chickens might be more clever than we'd originally thought.

It's been reported that the study shows hens to be masters of a number of complex skills - including numeracy, self-control, and it is claimed, basic structural engineering!

Christine Nicol, the Bristol University professor of animal welfare who reviewed 20 years of research on the topic, said it is wrong to think of chickens as being stupid.

'Hidden depths'

Instead, we should realise that the birds have 'many hidden depths'.

Reportedly the Bristol team found that chickens even have the capacity to outperform toddlers when it comes to numeracy and logic.