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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

10 Random Things... About Chickens

In my sometimes misguided attempts to educate "city folks" about farm-living, I am today going to
tell you 10 random things about chickens.
I know you want to know...go on, admit it...besides, it's very trendy right now to "keep chickens" and this blog does endeavor to be trendy (not that I would know trendy, even if it jumped up and bit me).

Even so, here are some interesting chicken facts:

1.  The average hen lays 300 eggs each year.
2.  The record for multiple egg yolks in one egg is nine.  (three for us)
3.  A hen must eat about 4 pounds of feed to produce 1 dozen eggs.
4.  A chicken will lay fewer but larger eggs as it grows older

5.  The largest recorded chicken egg weighed 9 ounces and had two yolks. (ouch)
6.  The record for egg laying belongs to a leghorn that laid 371 eggs in 264 days.
7.  The record for most eggs laid in one day by a single chicken is 7.
8.  Americans eat 80 pounds of chicken per capita per year.

9.  Chickens can run 9 miles per hour.
10.  There are currently more chickens on earth than humans.

And that friends, is your lesson for today.


  1. Such a cute blog. I learned something new about chickens! Followed you back!


  2. I'm a city folk definitely interested in learning about chickens! Will be following you back now. All the best,

  3. Welcome Holly and Monica. So nice to have you and I appreciate the follow!

  4. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! I just followed you:)

    Shelby xoxo

  5. Interesting indeed. Thank you!
    Keeping chicken is en vogue in Germany, too. We got chickens over a year ago (after 20 years of abstinence, so my parents still knew the basics)and I have to admit I thought chicken were cute but kind of dumb and just good for the eggs. I have got a totally different opinion now. Each has a unique character, they answer to their names and they are very sensible. (I even post stuff about them on my blog, like a mother posts baby pics and stories... who would have thought...)Now that I know that, I cannot bear to think about those chicken factories, so I hope more country and city people discover how amazing those birds are.

  6. I love when I learn new things! More chickens than people??? That's astounding! Great pictures too. Happy to have found your blog, can't wait to read more! New follower for sure!

  7. For some reason blogger is not letting me answer each poster individually so let me thank you for your kind comments here are always visit often!

  8. Wow great facts. I am trying to convince the husband that us having chickens is a great indeed, so far I am losing that battle!

  9. Hi!! Paying you a visit back!! I am now following you! I have been wanting to get chickens for a while now. :)

  10. Hi Sharon, repaying you a visit! I Love chickens! My grandparents have chickens in Portugal on their acreage! Following you back :)

  11. Interesting... I've giving up chicken all together!
    I'm following you too.

  12. thanks for the interesting facts and coming by my blog just returning some love

  13. Interesting! I love chicken =) Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  14. Thats so cute that they run 9 miles per hour. Chickens running is such a funny sight. :) My brother had two chickens for pets, and they were just so darn sweet. Definitely learned something new today. Thanks for sharing!

  15. thanks for stopping by my blog! What great facts, can't wait to share with my boys :)

  16. Very informative post! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment on my blog. So glad to discover yours!

  17. Thank's for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment on my blog, I'm now following back.

    I can say I probably eat 80lbs of chicken in a month lol and the fact that there are more chickens than humans on earth kind of scares me lol

    xo, Jersey Girl

  18. Thanks for sharing the info! I'm following you back from What's cooking in the burbs. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great evening!

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