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Simple Chicken Facts

Simple facts about chickens

French Black Copper Maran hen
  • Hens will lay eggs without a rooster.

  • A rooster is needed to have fertilized eggs.

  • Hens usually begin to lay eggs between 5 to 7 months of age, depending on the breed.

  • It takes a hen roughly 24 hours to form an egg.

  • It takes 21 days to hatch a chick from an egg.

  • Only one nest box for every 3 to 4 hens is needed.

  • Chickens do cry when upset or pouting.

  • Most chicken breeds will eat ¾ cup of feed a day during warm months; more during cold weather.

  • Egg that has been fertilized does not have a baby until after the incubation process has begun.

  • A fertilized egg can begin to develop a chick at 88 degrees.