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Hopefully this is the right place to ask this question.

I'm looking for intelligent, logical answers, and will accept from any viewpoints (e.g. farming, political). Take any factors into account and feel free to propose any methodologies and reasoning. However ultimately I am looking for a number if possible.

To clarify, I am thinking something along the lines of the movie "Chicken Run" with real-world limitations placed upon all chickens and other factors.

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    $\begingroup$ Are the chickens suddenly sentient or otherwise changed from normal chickens? $\endgroup$ – Tim B Dec 16 '14 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ This does include intelligence; chickens in this scenario are your normal average chicken, with no unrealistic expectations $\endgroup$ – Raiden616 Dec 16 '14 at 14:12
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    $\begingroup$ It seems that this forum is becoming a honeypot for joke questions. Will it endanger beta? $\endgroup$ – Peter M. - stands for Monica Dec 16 '14 at 14:15
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    $\begingroup$ Also, what would you call chickens overthrowing a farm? Is the farmer being pecked to death by his chicken enough or do you additionally want the chickens to run the farm in some sort of 'Weekend at Bernie's' situation? $\endgroup$ – overactor Dec 16 '14 at 14:19
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    $\begingroup$ There are a LOT of chickens in the world. A lot. If they haven't figured out a way to take over yet, they won't. $\endgroup$ – D. Strout Oct 16 '15 at 4:49
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I would argue that no number of unaugmented, non-sentient chickens will be able to overthrow a farmer and continue running the farm.

Firstly, the chicken's ancestors does not naturally behave as a pack animal, in fact, they will fight with each other when confined in close captivity, which necessitates that their beaks be partially cut off. This makes it extremely difficult for them to cooperate, which is necessary for them to be able to physically overpower a human farmer.

Secondly, even in the unlikely case that the farmer is somehow debilated and dies from a heart attack (for example) after being attacked by a chicken, they will still have to contend with the remainder of human society. Chickens cannot run a farm, and unless the chickens are willing to slaughter their own kind / sell their unfertilised eggs in the delivery truck, the farm will quickly fail to deliver on its production contracts, and the rest of the chickens will be taken away when the farm is inevitably foreclosed.

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    $\begingroup$ Good answer; the bit about the ancestors naturally preferring fighting than cooperating is exactly the sort of info I was looking for! This is a serious question, so thanks for thinking it through! $\endgroup$ – Raiden616 Dec 16 '14 at 16:07

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