- A chicken can have 4-5 toes on each foot.
- A chicken can travel up to 9 miles per hour.
- A chicken takes 21 days to hatch.
- A chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you change the lighting in such a way as to make them think a day is 28 hours long.
- A chicken's body temperature normally runs at 102-103 degrees F.
- A chicken’s heart beats 280-315 times a minute.
- A hen lives an average of 5-7 years but can live up to 20 years. The hen will lay eggs her entire life with production decreasing every year from year one.
- A rooster takes about 18-20 breaths a minute, a hen takes 30-35.
- A rooster will attack anything that he thinks will harm the hens.
- Alektrophobia- fear of chickens.
- Americans consume 8 BILLION chickens a year!
- An egg starts growing into a chick when it reaches a temperature of 86 degrees F.
- Chicken drumsticks have lower ratio of meat to bone and skin than other parts of a chicken.
- Chicken sperm can survive in a hen up to 32 days.
- Chickens can be cannibalistic.
Debeaking- removing the end of beaks helps prevent cannibalism.
- Chickens come in an infinite variety of colors and patterns.
- Chickens lay different colors of eggs: white, brown, green, pink, and blue.
- Chickens were domesticated about 8000 years ago.
- Clutch- number of eggs laid in consecutive days.
- Eating makes a chicken get hot.
- Female chickens less than one year old are usually called pullets.
- Heat does not kill chickens, humidity does. Chickens function fine in higher temperatures, however humidity has been know to lower a chicken’s performance and render them dead.
- If a rooster is not present in a flock of hens, a hen will often take the role, stop laying, and begin to crow.
- In the Middle Ages, chicken soup was believed to be an aphrodisiac.
- It takes a hen 24-26 hours to lay an egg.
- Laying hens average 245 eggs per year.
- Leading poultry states are Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.
- McDonald’s in India does not serve beef—only chicken, mutton and fish.
- Molting- annual loss of feathers and growth of new ones.
- The USA is the leading chicken producer.
- The chicken was once a sacred animal symbolizing the sun.
- The greatest number of yolks in one chicken egg is nine.
- The largest chicken egg ever recorded was nearly 12 oz., measuring 12 1/4" around.
- The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
- The record for laying the most eggs in one day is seven.
- The waste product by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100-watt light bulb for five hours.
- There are four places in the US that have the word "chicken" in their name. Chicken Alaska, Chicken Bristle in both Illinois and Kentucky, and Chicken town Pennsylvania.
- There are more chickens in the world than any other domesticated bird. More than one chicken for every human on the face of the earth.
- There are some 200 varieties of chickens.