There are so many things that I didn’t know about chickens. Once I found out bunch of interesting facts, I have decided to make nice post and share them with you. I can bet that you didn’t know anything from this list!
Fact 1: Chickens were probably the first domesticated birds for the purpose of cockfights and not as food
Fact 2: Chickens can fly! Yes, they can get airborne, fly over a fence or into a tree
Fact 3: They eat both seeds and insects meaning that they are omnivores. They even eat small mice and lizards
Fact 4: There are about 25 billion of chickens in the world, more than any other bird species
Fact 5: Baby chickens are called chicks. Female chickens are called pullets until they are old enough to lay eggs - then we call them hens. Male chickens are on the other hand called roosters or cocks.
Fact 6: A rooster will announce to the flock that he had found food with a sound but hens won’t pay attention if they already know where the food is.
Fact 7: Hen will mate with many different roosters but if she decides, she can eject sperm of specific rooster. This occurs when the male is lower in pecking order.
Fact 8: 51.4 billion chickens are artificially hatched in incubators every year globally
Fact 9: The chicken was the very first bird to have its genome sequenced in 2004
Fact 10: Bird flu is extremely contagious and can make chickens very sick and it will kill 90-100% of the flock in just 48 hours