Interesting Chicken Facts…
• There are more chickens living on Earth than people! Over 3 billion in China alone.
• A mother hen turns her egg about 50 times each day, so that the yoke does not stick to the egg shell.
• Chickens are clean animals and preen their feathers everyday.
• Some breeds of chickens can lay coloured eggs in shades of white, brown, pink, green or blue…green eggs and ham anyone?
• A chicken’s heart beats 4 to 5 times faster than a humans.
• Nine egg yolks have been found in one chicken egg…we haven’t had that yet but we’ve had a mighty big egg …see Press page…
• To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about 4kgs of quality feed.
• Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older.
• A mature male chicken is called a Rooster.
• 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.
• Chickens come in an infinite variety of colors and patterns. There are seven distinctive types of combs on them: rose, strawberry, single, cushion, buttercup, pea and V-shaped.
• If a rooster is not present in a flock of hens, a hen will often take the role, stop laying, and begin to crow.
• A hen can live up to 20 years. She will lay eggs her entire life and the colour of her first egg is the colour she will lay for life.
More fun stuff:)
We’ve included some classic “Why did the Chicken Cross The Road Jokes” and egg carton Kids Activites so children can learn, experiment and entertain.