Simple facts about chickens
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.
Chickens have full color vision.
The dark color of a chicken's ear lobe or light color will tell you whether they will lay dark or light colored eggs.
They have dreams when they sleep.
Chickens can have stress and they feel pain.
Chickens will mourn for each other.
Chickens communicate with each other using sounds that has a specific
Most standard chicken breeds have the capacity to live between 8 to 15 years. Some have been known to live up to 20 years.
Mother hens communicate with their chicks that are still inside the egg shell.
Capable of empathy; A British study showed that mother hens felt anxiety when their baby chicks were in distress, which, according to researchers, means mother hens are capable of feeling empathy.
Chickens are creatures of habit, once they survive a night safe in a spot, they’ll return every night, once they find food/water in a place, they return to that place, once they find a nest in a place, they return to that place.
Chickens prefer clean coops, water and food contrary to popular belief.
Chickens respond to body language and a smile.
Chickens enjoy playing.
Chickens enjoy a warm bath in the summer.
Chickens can watch and learn from each other.
Chickens respond to love and attention.
Chickens will bully and brutalize a new addition (stranger) to the flock if they don’t know them.
Some chicken breed hens prefer to be a mother and goes broody several
times a year.
Chickens possess self-control when it comes to holding out for a better food.
Over 452 million hens are used for eggs every year.
There are more chickens in the world than any other breed; over 19 billion.
The rooster uses his wattle in a dance to attract hens to him.
Chickens have more bones in their neck than does a giraffe.
Silkies chicken breeds have 5 toes.
Damage to a chicken’s beak is intensely painful. At the end of their beak is a specialized cluster of highly sensitive mechanoreceptors, called the bill tip organ, which allows chickens to make fine tactile discriminations (Gentle and Breward 1986).
A chicken’s heart beat over 300 beats a minute.
Chickens only have 350 taste buds and can’t taste sweetness, but they can taste saltiness. (humans have 10,000)
The rooster’s dance is called tidbitting.