• 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.