Chickens and a guinea pig have their roles
• Cathie Bell brought in a couple of chickens for some of the women to train. Working with the birds improved timing and reinforcement. If there’s not enough reinforcement, or timing is off, the trainer will lose the chicken’s attention.
• The birds were taught to peck at specific coloured dots and certain shapes on cue and to knock over obstacles in a particular order.
• When the training program was complete, they were placed in a home to be pets.
• A guinea pig who resides at Nova Institution has also been taught to do tricks. The rodent will shake a paw, twist, go up on his hind legs, and complete a small course that includes pylons and a jump.