20 Interesting facts about chicken
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? And why did the chicken cross the road?
Maybe they just want to live their lives without their motives being questioned!
Whether you prefer them as pets on a farm or on your dinner plate for a meal, here are 20 facts about one of the most classic farm animals!
- There are more chickens on earth than people – 25 billion. There are also more chickens than any other bird species.
- A mother hen turns her eggs about 50 times per day, and can lay more than 300 eggs per year.
- Chickens can remember over 100 different faces of people or animals.
- The record number of eggs laid by a chicken in one day is 7. The record number for eggs laid by a chicken in one year is 371.
- An egg develops at 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and is laid at 105 degrees.
- Chickens were domesticated in Southern China around 8,000 years ago in 6000 B.C.
- As chickens grow older, they lay larger eggs, but fewer than when they’re younger.
- Chickens can taste saltiness, but not sweetness.
- The record for most egg yolks in one egg is 9 yolks.
- The largest chicken egg ever recorded weighed 12 ounces and contained two yolks.
- In Gainesville, Florida, you have to eat fried chicken with your bare hands. Eating it by any other method is illegal.
- A hen has to eat about four pounds of feed to make one dozen eggs.
- On average, 97 chickens are killed every 0.05 seconds worldwide.
- By vaccinating chickens, the United Kingdomvirtually eliminated salmonella.
- There’s a rare breed of chicken from Indonesia that is completely black including the feathers, beak, and organs, due to hyperpigmentation. They can be sold for $2,500.
- There is an invention called a “chicken gun” which is used to test the resistance of airplane windows and engines by blasting dead chickens at the aircraft.
- There’s a wild mushroom called a Laetiporus that tastes nearly the same as chicken. It is sometimes called the “fried chicken mushroom.”
- When chickens feel stressed, they start to lose their feathers.
- It only takes about 26 hours for a hen to produce an egg, and 21 days for the egg to incubate and hatch.
- In order to clean themselves, chickens take dust baths. They dig a small pit in the ground and use the dirt to help with the oil in their feathers.