I Can’t Prove or Disprove Any of These Fun Facts About Our Favorite Bird Although They Seem to Check Out. The Bottom Line Is that they’re Just Way Too Cool and Interesting Not to Share!
Big Snow, the largest chicken on record, weighed 23 pounds, 3 ounces, and was of the breed White Sully developed by Grant Sullens of West Point, California, USA, and was owned and bred by Ronald Alldridge of Deuchar, Queensland, Australia, Big Snow died of natural causes on September 6, 1992.
Matilda (1990 - February 11, 2006) was a fourteen-ounce hen and was the first chicken to receive the title of World's Oldest Living Chicken from Guinness World Records. She is thought to have been descended from the Red Pyle color variation of the Old English Game breed. She was a pet of Keith and Donna Barton that live in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama.
Guinness World Records lists the smallest recorded chicken egg as 2.7 centimeters, although a man from Great Britain in May claimed earlier this year to having one that was 2 millimeters smaller.
Eggs contain one of the highest quality proteins found in nature.
The average hen will lay between 200 and 300 eggs a year.
Chickens will only lay during daylight hours.
Most chicken eggs are laid between 7:00 and 11:00 in the morning.
If a chicken has red ear lobes, it will lay brown eggs if it has white ear lobes it will lay white eggs.
The largest recorded chicken egg weighed 12 ounces and had two yolks.
They say that a Chef's hat has one pleat for each different way that an egg can be cooked.
The record for egg laying is said to be 371 eggs in 364 days. (bet that chicken was pooped!)
The world record for the most eggs laid in one day is seven.
Hens will lay larger eggs as the get older, but the shells are softer and she'll lay less often.
In the U.S. 46% of all chicken eaten is consumed in restaurants.
It is estimated that the average American eats chicken 10 times per month.
Americans prefer white meat while Russians tend to prefer dark meat.
A chicken with its head cut off can run as much as 100 yards before dropping dead (not sure that's a fun fact... but it is interesting).
A hen will eat somewhere around four pounds of feed to make a dozen eggs.
You can not cook an egg in it's shell in the microwave (sounds like a challenge to me!).
The reported record for the largest number of egg yolks in one egg is nine.
A Chicken can run about 8-9 miles per hour; a human can run about 12-15 miles per hour.
Chickens have a different alarm cluck for different predators.
A chicken's heart beats around 300 times a minute. A human heart beats around 80 times per minute (60 to 100 in human's is considered normal).
The chicken is thought to have been first domesticated in southeast Asia in the area that is now Thailand approximately 8,000 years ago.
Chickens enjoy hunting as well as scavenging. Their favorite prey include bugs, snails, lizards, worms, and even small mice.
America currently produces about 75 billion eggs each year. That's approximately 10% of the world's yearly egg supply.
America eats roughly 8 billion chickens a year, that's greater than the human population of Earth thought to be around 7 billion!
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