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73+ Amazing And Fun Chicken Facts You Probably Didn't Know!

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Chickens are present in our lives in some form or other.

Starting from the delicious fried chicken on our plate to being popular punchlines, their presence is felt everywhere. However, there are some unknown facts about these birds that will leave you stunned.

The chicken takes 10-20 hours to come out of the egg and face the outside world. The eggs of a brood take at least two days to hatch, the last member of the brood may come out two days after the first chicken is born. As soon as the chickens emerge, they start following the mother hen or their siblings to find food to ensure their survival. Chickens are genetically equipped with such forms of imprinting. The baby chicks communicate with their mother with clucks and peeps. After a few weeks, instead of huddling together with their mother at night, the chicks line up on a perch and stay in that position all night as they gradually grow. This is their first step into adulthood for chickens.

If the chicks are raised by their mother, they learn things very quickly. A rooster has gentlemanly behavior. They care for their harem of female chickens when the laying season approaches. Every flock of chickens has a hierarchy. There is a chicken at the top of the hierarchy table and also one at the bottom. The other chickens fit into the ladder according to the specific position. This is known as the pecking order of chickens.

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Baby Chicken Facts

From the time the eggs are laid by mother hens, a tiny chicken grows inside the egg. The heart of the tiny chicken starts beating 24 hours after the fertilized eggs are laid. Gradually the nervous system of the chickens begins to form joining the yolk sac which nourishes the embryo as they grow.

The nervous system of the chickens starts growing 21 hours after the eggs are incubated. The heads of the chickens develop at first followed by their eyes. The organs of the chickens develop quickly and by four days of incubation, all the organs of the body including the nose, wings, legs, and vascular system are present. Starting from the fifth day, the face begins to take a bird-like shape and the reproductive organs are separated according to their gender. The beak and the egg tooth are also formed during this time. For the next seven days, the rapid development of the chicken takes place within the egg. The abdomen and the intestine take shape during this time, the skeleton calcifies, and the down of the chicken appears. The egg tooth of the chickens helps them to crack the eggshell and they come out of the egg on the 21st day after they are laid. The mother hen also helps the chicken to make its way out of the shell if she is present on the spot.

Facts About The Chickens' Life Cycle

Once the chickens grow up, they are separated by their gender. Breeding chickens is a valuable business, therefore many commercial breeders are found commonly. The life cycle of a chicken starts after the egg is fertilized. Their life cycle can be divided into distinct stages.

After the male chickens and the female chicken's mate, the female chicken starts laying eggs about two weeks later. The hens lay the eggs after an interval of 25-27 hours. The eggs remain infertile until the hens are fertilized by roosters. Hens are capable of storing sperm, they eject this sperm if they are not interested in mating with a particular rooster. The hens can continue laying fertile eggs until they feel that they have gathered enough eggs in the nest. For the next 21 days, the hens sit on the eggs diligently to incubate the eggs. After 21 days, many chicks will start peeping out from under the skirts of the hens. Just before hatching, the chickens absorb all the nutrients from the eggs to support their growth. The nutrients of the eggs help the chickens to survive for 24-72 hours. If the mother hens are raising the chicks, she will take all responsibility for raising them. The chickens live under the mother's wings to stay warm for the first few days. In the first few weeks, the chicks will develop rapidly, some breeds grow faster than the others. Initially, the chicken remains covered with a fine down coat. Gradually, it loses the coat after six to eight days and the first molt completes by four weeks of age. They molt once again after seven to twelve weeks of age, the feathering in this molt helps in differentiating a male chicken from a female.

At around 12 weeks of age, the chicks enter their teenage phase. The teenager chickens are either called cockerel or pullets. They look quite gawky during this time and the sexual differences become apparent in most breeds by the teenage phase. The juveniles can be kept together with the adults when they approximately become two-third of the adult size. Hens start laying eggs twenty weeks after the eggs hatch. Feeding plays a great role in controlling the egg quality of the chicken.

Backyard Chicken Facts

The trend of rearing chickens in the backyard is on the rise so many rearing enthusiasts are keen to know some facts about chickens. These facts about backyard chickens will help you to have some clue about raising the chickens in the right way.

Chickens are observed to take dirt baths. They dig up pits in the soil and jump and roll in the pit to fluff up their feathers. Once they finish rolling in the dirt and their feathers are fluffed enough, they come out of the pit and shake every bit of dirt off their feathers creating a huge cloud of dust around them.

Chickens don't need a rooster to lay, in fact, they even do not have to mate to lay eggs. Chickens as they become adults start laying almost every other day during the ovulation process. However, in that case, the eggs laid will be unfertilized. For fertilizing an egg, a rooster and mating are necessary for a hen.

The color of the egg does not determine its nutritional value. The color of the eggs laid depends on the breed of chicken, for example, the breed of Black Copper Marans lays dark brown eggs while the white eggs that we find commonly in grocery stores mostly belong to White Leghorns.

Chickens do not have any separate cloaca or vent, they have only one common hole and it eliminates all the waste materials of the body through this hole. Speaking of their unusual anatomy, the chickens have gizzards instead of teeth that help them to chew their food. They eat the entire food and the gizzard grinds parts of their food and swallows the ground food bit by bit.

Before laying an egg the hen gives an alarming call. This is known as the egg song. The experienced rearers are aware of this call and they prepare incubators accordingly when they hear the song.

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Facts About Chickens' Intelligence

There is a myth among people that chickens are extremely dull and boring birds that are positioned in the lower end of the intelligence spectrum. This is not actually true. Chickens are emotionally intelligent and have high problem-solving skills. Each chicken of the flock is clever and one of a kind, they are at par with many mammals when it comes to intelligence.

A chicken has an incredible memory, a flock of pet chickens can recognize you like all other pets. They can memorize over 100 faces of humans and animals. They also have a sense of object permanence, that is if you show the chicken an object and take it away later, the chicken will be aware of the fact that the object exists somewhere. They are also curious to know about what is going on around them. They have a natural tendency to explore their surroundings and for this reason, often get their beaks stuck on anything. Chickens have sharp senses which help them to stay alert most of the time. The sensory receptors on the beaks of the chickens are remarkable. They also have binocular vision that helps the chicken to focus on close and far sights simultaneously.

The chickens can see more colors than humans, they can also see ultraviolet light which is a really rare quality in animals. They have pretty impressive hearing skills and can regenerate hearing cells once the cells begin to deteriorate. A lesser-known fact about a chicken's intelligence is that they are great mathematicians. In a survey conducted by researchers, it was observed that chickens could track the number of objects passing from their front more or less accurately, they could also track changing locations.

Where did chickens evolve from?

The chickens have been a part of the ecosystem for a long time. However, they originated from primitive animals such as dinosaurs. As absurd as it might sound, chickens are considered to be the closest descendants of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Keeping the chickens in the backyard is like rearing a number of tiny dinosaurs on your property. When the chickens run at full speed, you can see the resemblance of the chicken with the dinosaur.

The domesticated chickens are believed to originate from the gray and red jungle fowls. Darwin believed that chickens originated from the red jungle fowl but in research mapping out the genes responsible for the yellow color of the legs, it was established that chickens had hereditary similarities with the gray jungle fowl. It is believed that previously the gray jungle fowl was once crossbred with a primitive domestic chicken and it gave rise to the present domestic chicken breed.

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