Facts About Chickens: 6 Cool Chicken Facts 0 35

Facts about chickens
Facts about chickens
Facts about chickens: a chicken holding some chicken facts!

Chickens are beautiful and social creatures. There’s a wide variety of reasons that chickens are unique and special, and they’re definitely worth mentioning. Here are 6 cool facts about chickens:

Chicken Fact #1: Chickens start communicating with their mothers before hatching. 

Unborn chicks and their mothers have a strong bond – so strong, in fact, that they start to communicate before the chicks have even hatched. Mother hens will make soft purring sounds, and in return, the chicks will respond by making cheeping noises from inside their eggs. 

Chicken Fact #2: Mother hens teach their chicks to avoid danger. 

In a handful of different tests, hens have been observed and it’s been noted that hens teach their chicks to avoid food that is bad for them. In one test, observers watched as a hen taught her babies to avoid unhealthy color coded grains. If a hen can do this, she most likely is able to teach her young to avoid other things as well. 

Chicken Fact #3: Chickens enjoy dust baths. 

Much like chinchillas, chickens love rolling around in the dust to get clean. Many times chicken owners will see their chickens digging holes in the dirt and rolling in them with their wings outstretched at weird angles. Don’t worry, though – the chickens’ wings aren’t usually hurt by doing this. 

Chicken Fact #4: Chickens can eat a plant and animal-based diet. 

Chickens are omnivores, meaning they eat meat and plants. Most chickens that are raised on farms or in someone’s home are fed a plant-based diet. Chickens can eat small animals like mice, as well as animal fat or lard. Lard is especially good for chickens when they need to bulk up for winter, as it makes them gain weight quickly. 

Chicken Fact #5: Hens can choose which male fertilizes their eggs. 

Hens will mate with plenty of different males, but if she doesn’t want to have the offspring of a certain male, she can choose to simply eject his sperm before fertilization occurs. This is known to happen when the male is lower than the female in the pecking order, and is done to make sure that the chicks are of high status and as healthy as possible. 

Chicken Fact #6: A chicken’s fear can paralyze it. 

When a chicken gets too scared, it can suffer chicken hypnosis (also called tonic mobility), which is essential when the chicken goes into a catatonic state after being scared. Chickens can be tricked into this state, and are often put into it when restraining the chicken is necessary, but may also be dangerous. The chicken being totally immobile allows for a safe restraint. 

Chickens are really unique animals, and whether they’re being raised for food, or to become the family pet, there’s no denying that they’re pretty interesting.

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“Chickens For Sale!”: Where to Buy Chickens 0 16

Chicken in a back yard
Chickens for sale
“Chickens for sale!”… where to buy chickens

Before you look at the sources from where you can buy the chickens, it’s important to understand that they are a number of species of the chickens. Just like any other farm varieties, the various species of chickens are also bred for very specific purpose as well. If you are extremely new to buying chickens and rearing them, the following tips are for you.

Buying chickens from a breeder and online hatchery

Of course, the first place to look for buying chickens would be a chicken breeder. Always buy from a reputable breeder. You can always get the reference for a local chicken breeder from those that own chickens in your area. Check out several breeders and look at their livestock before making a decisoin. Always take note of their livestock and look at the living conditions of the chickens. If you notice that the chickens are looking unhealthy, never buy from that breeder, even if their livestock is cheaper than the rest of the other breeders in that area.

Remember that there are a number of hatcheries that are also operating online. Even then you would first need to know the breed of chicken that you require. Find a hatchery that is reputable. There are several hatcheries that operate and you can always ask for references from the local chicken owners. Look at their websites carefully before making any purchases.

Check out their stock before you purchase the chicks online. Hatcheries won’t ship the chicks in the winter months as it becomes extremely cold for them. For this reason, the deliveries for the spring batch are booked well in advance. To ensure that you get your delivery, make sure to book for the spring batch well in advance.

When you have booked for the chicks online, you won’t get the deliveries personally. The deliveries will be made to your local post office and you’ll have to go and pick them up. Remember that these chicks will be quite thirsty and hungry, so ensure that you pick them up the very same day.

Before you buy the chickens online or from a reputed chicken breeder, here are a few steps that you should take first:

Prepare the living quarters. You will need to get the coop ready that can house the chickens and also house them once they are grown up. The ideal housing should have enough space for them for roosting and also provide protection to them from the outside predators. It’s important that the housing also has easy enough access for cleaning the area. Line the area with plenty of hay, dried leaves and keep enough feed and water for them to be well fed and looked after.

Buy the right kind of chicken feed for the breed that you have bought. Some feed is fortified with extra calcium to ensure that the chicken’s lay good and healthy eggs, while others ensure that the chickens increase their body mass considerably for chickens are meant for slaughtering.

Where Do Chickens Come From? 0 13

Where do chickens come from?
Where do chickens come from?
Where do chickens come from?

There have been various explanations explaining the origin of chickens. Charles Darwin’s studies concluded that the domestic chicken originated from the red jungle fowl. However, a new study from University of Uppsala suggests that Darwin was wrong. The first domesticated chickens originated in India and East Asia around 7000 BC. The first historical reference to chickens may have occurred in Mesopotamia around 2000 BC.

Mapping of genes that give rise to yellow legs in domesticated chicken was researched. This led to the discovery that the genetic heredity of chickens originates from the gray jungle fowl. Studies show that despite the red jungle fowl contributing the most genes to the domesticated chicken, contribution by another species should have been made: the gray jungle fowl.

The genes that contribute to yellow skin are widely spread among millions of domestic chicken around the world. One researcher concluded that the yellow in the legs is brought about by the type of feed. The more yellow the carotenoids are in the chicken food, the more yellow the legs.

The gene responsible for coding an enzyme that breaks down carotenoids is inactive in skin but active in other organs in chickens with yellow legs. Consequently, the yellow carotenoids stay in the skin in these chickens. This is referred to as a regulatory mutation due to the modification of the gene sequence which is intact.

It is still not understood why humans bred chickens with this trait of yellow legs. The same gene can be important when elaborating the flamingo’s pink color, salmon’s reddish meat and birds of prey’s yellow legs. Carotenoids are responsible for these characteristics.

A literal answer to the question of “Where do chickens come from?” as far as commercial production is concerned is a metal shed. Almost all chicken meat consumed comes from a farm. Some of the conditions are very undesirable, and this is why buying free range birds are best for your family’s diet. 94% of chicken production comes from rearing of birds. Continuous filming is done to record important statistics like water intake, food intake, and the weight of the birds.

Egg production and meat production are two different industries. For a while now, farmers have reared broilers for meat and layers for eggs. Eggs are fairly cheap, and free range chicken breasts are fairly affordable, making chickens an important staple in the diet of millions of people.