Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chickens

Little Known Chicken Facts

Chickens 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.

Chickens can cross-breed with turkeys.  The result is called a Turken (not true - on further investigation I found out that even though it looks and sounds like a turkey, it is 100% chicken.  Check it out at here).

The photo below is not mine but one I found at Wikipedia at the above link.  These are Turkens.

There are four cities in the United States that have the word "chicken" in their name: Chicken, Alaska - Chicken Bristle, Illinois - Chicken Bristle, Kentucky - Chicken Town, Pennsylvania.

The greatest number of yolks ever found in a single chicken egg was nine!

Chicken language has real meanings.  The birds give different alarm calls depending on which type of predator is threatening them.


Chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.  

The chicken is the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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, and also has the most chickens.  There are over 3,000,000,000 chickens in China.  The United States has only 450 million.

Chickens can fly but not for long.  The longest recorded flight of a chicken is only thirteen seconds

The longest recorded distance flown by any chicken was 301.5 feet.


The record for laying the most eggs in one day was seven.

A chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you adjust the lighting in their cages to make them think each day is 28 hours long instead of 24.

Chicken eggs come in colors sometimes - other than white and brown.  Some breeds lay eggs in shades of blue or green.  Ready-made Easter Eggs!

The fear of chickens is called 'Alektorophobia'.

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All very interesting facts.  I am not sure if the above is 100 percent accurate so I would take everything with a pinch of salt, as in the case of the Turken, but maybe someone who keeps chickens will agree or disagree.

(All my chicken photos were taken at Cox Farms.  Again, very entertaining to watch.  I think I would enjoy keeping them if we lived out in the country and then maybe I would find out a few of these facts out for myself).