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    • It is thought that the nearest relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex is a chicken.
    • A castrated male chicken is called a capon.
    • Chickens will be less 'flighty' if while tending a pen or chicken house the caretaker walks backwards.
    • You can literally hypnotize a chicken by holding it and drawing a line in the dirt over and over. The chicken will stay still right there as long as you do this.
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    • Some breeds of chickens can lay colored eggs.
    • Christmas has different meanings in different countries. Christmas Eve in Japan is a good day to eat fried chicken and strawberry short-cake.
    • The average hen lays 265 table eggs each year.
    • Arkansas produced over 1.1 billion broilers in 2006 which averages about 422 broilers for each Arkansan.
    • A chicken's gizzard will likely have gravel to help "chew" the food for digestion.
    • A rooster will usually perform a special waltz or dance in an attempt to attract a mate.
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    • A chickens' body temperature normally runs at 102-103 degrees
    • A chickens' heart beats 280-315 times a minute.
      • Chickens are not capable of sustained flight.
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      • It takes a hen 24-26 hours to lay an egg.
    • Grocery store chickens are 5-8 weeks old.
    • Americans consume 8 billion chickens a year.
      • The latin name for chicken is Gallus Domesticus.
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      • There are over 150 varieties of domestic chickens.
      • Chickens were domesticated about 8000 years ago
      • A rooster takes 18-20 breaths a minute, a hen 30-35.
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      • The chicken was once considered a sacred animal symbolizing the sun.
      • Breeds were developed to provide plumage for ceremonial costumes.
      • The first Poultry Exhibition was held in the United States on November 14, 1849. There were 219 exhibitors, 1023 birds, and over 10,000 visitors.
      • All domestic chickens can be genetically traced to Gallus Gallus, The Red Jungle Fowl.
      • In 1925, hens laid an average of 100 eggs a year. In 1979, the World Record was set by a White Leghorn who laid 371 eggs in 364 days!!!
      • A hen lives an average of 5-7 years, but can live up to 20 years. She'll lay eggs her entire life, with production decreasing every year from year one.
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      • An egg starts growing into a chick when it reaches a temperature of 86 degrees F.
      • Alektorophobia is the name given to "The Fear of Chickens".
      • There are more chickens than people in the world.
      • Chickens are very social animals. They will fight to protect their family and will mourn when a loved one is lost.
      • Chickens have more bones in their necks than giraffes. They have no teeth and swallow their food whole. Part of their stomach is used to grind their food up.
      • If a rooster is not present in a flock of hens, a hen will often take the role, stop laying, and begin to crow.



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