A chickens’ body temperature normally runs at 102-103 degrees F.
A rooster takes 18-20 breaths a minute, a hen 30-35.
There are over 150 varieties of domestic chickens.
Chickens are not capable of sustained flight.
It takes a hen 24-26 hours to lay an egg.
The latin name for chicken is Gallus Domesticus
Chickens come in an infinite variety of colors and patterns.
Chickens lay different colored eggs, from white, to brown, to green, to pink, to blue.
Grocery store chickens are 5-8 weeks old.
A chicken takes 21 days to hatch.
Chickens were domesticated about 7000 years ago.
Americans consume 8 billion chickens a year.
All domestic chickens can be genetically traced to Gallus Gallus, The Red Jungle Fowl.
It takes 4 lbs.+ of feed to make 1 dozen eggs.
The chicken was once considered a sacred animal symbolizing the sun.
Breeds were developed to provide plumage for ceremonial costumes.
The first Poultry Exhibition was held in the United States on November 14, 1849. There were 219 exhibitors, 1023 birds, and over 10,000 visitors.
One trait, called Melanosis, causes chickens’ bones, ligaments, skin and tendons to be colored BLACK.
In 1925, hens laid an average of 100 eggs a year. In 1979, the World Record was set by a White Leghorn who laid 371 eggs in 364 days!!!
A hen lives an average of 5-7 years, but can live up to 20 years. She’ll lay eggs her entire life, with production decreasing every year from year one.
An egg starts growing into a chick when it reaches a temperature of 86 degrees F
Alektorophobia is the name given to “The Fear of Chickens”.
On average, a hen lays 300 eggs per year.
Nine egg yolks have been found in one chicken egg.
A mother hen turns her egg approximately 50 times in a day. This is so the yolk does not stick to the shell.
To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed.
The largest chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound and had a double yolk and shell.
A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs
A chicken is 75% water.
In the U.S., approximately 46% of the chicken that is eaten by people comes from restaurants or other food outlets.
Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older.
A chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed.
A chicken once had its head cut off and survived for over eighteen months, headless.
Chicken are pretty fast. The chicken can travel up to 9 miles per hour when it wants to.
The largest ever recorded chicken egg weighed nearly 12 ounces, and measured 12.25 inches around.
Chicken language has real meanings. The birds give different alarm calls depending on which type of predator is threatening them.
There are more chickens on Earth than there are humans.
Chickens can cross breed with turkeys. The result is called a ‘Turkin’.
There are four cities in the United States that have the word “chicken” in their name: Chicken, Alaska; Chicken Bristle, Illinois; Chicken Bristle, Kentucky; and Chicken Town, Pennsylvania.
Chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. (I wonder what they dream about?)
The chicken is the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex.
In Gainesville, Georgia, (the chicken capital of the world), a local ordinance makes it illegal to eat your chicken with a fork.
The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100 watt bulb for five hours.
China has the most people in the world, & also has the most chickens. There are over 3,000,000,000 chickens in China! (The United States has only 450 million.)
The longest recorded distance flown by any chicken was 301.5 feet.
The record for laying the most eggs in one day was seven.
Chickens are a bird
The longest distance flown by a chicken is 301 1/2 feet
Americans consume a average of 8 billion chickens each year !
There are more chickens in the world then any domesticated bird.
There are more then one chicken for every person on the face of the earth
A rooster takes a average of 20 breaths a minute, A hen averages around 30 breaths a minute
All chickens can be genetically traced to the Red Jungle Fowl