A hen lives an average of 5-7 years, but can live up to 20 years.
Normal human body temperature = 98.7. Normal chicken body temperature =102.
A rooster takes 18-20 breaths a minute; a hen takes 30-35.
Unlike typical birds, chickens are not capable of sustained flight.
Chickens can lay colored eggs: white, brown, dark brown, shades of green, pink hues, & blue.
Depending on the breed of chicken they will have 4 or 5 toes on each foot.
Hens don’t require a rooster to lay eggs.
Chickens purchased at the grocery store (for food) are 5-8 weeks old.
Americans consume 8 billion chickens a year, for food.
Eggs are one of the best sources of protein.
The entire process for a hen to lay an egg takes 24-26 hours.
In 1979, the World Record was set by a White Leghorn who laid 371 eggs in 364 days!!!
Eggs have a natural protective coating called the "bloom", which protects the yolk from bacteria.
The fresher the egg, the harder it is to get the shell off after it is boiled.
"Alektorophobia" is the fear of chickens.
In the19th century in Ireland, a farmer could be put in jail for washing eggs.