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Your morning adorable: Rooster gives a high-five

October 5, 2009 | 11:41 am

Poor chickens often get a bad rap. While they're sometimes seen as unintelligent little grain-eating automatons, many are actually capable of putting those tiny little brains to use with tricks more commonly seen being performed by dogs.

Evidence: Foghorn Leghorn, the rooster wunderkind who knows how to give his owner a high-five (well, truthfully, more of a low-five).  OK, it's not rocket science -- but considering his brain is about the size of a human fingernail, we're suitably impressed.

In fact, some dog trainers even practice clicker training on chickens, rewarding the little guys with food when they perform behaviors their trainers wish to reinforce. In this way, chickens can be taught to flap, squawk and even perform more intricate tricks on command!  (These performing chickens have a leg-up on our own terrier mutts, both of whom ran from the room in terror when we attempted to get them used to the sound of the clicker.) All of this just goes to show, we suppose, that it's not the size of your brain, but what you do with it that counts.

Your morning adorable: Celebrating chicken athletes the world over

-- Lindsay Barnett

Video credit: coreyguidry02 via YouTube

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