Chickens are the most common type of poultry in the world, domesticated around 8000 BC. A chicken is a domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. As one of the most common types of poultry in the world today, there are more than 20 billion chickens alive at any given time. They are one of the most common types of livestock in the world today and are used to provide food for both humans and animals.
Chickens can be kept on a small or large scale and have become one of the most popular forms of meat in many cultures around the world. They have been domesticated for thousands of years and they are mostly found on farms but can also be found in various habitats throughout the world.
Other curious things about Chickens most people don’t know are that they can fly like birds and roost in trees. Also, they have a four-chambered heart, two kidneys, and a single lung. In terms of diet, they are omnivores and they will eat leaves, seeds, insects, fruit, worms or snails if they can find them. They also eat small animals such as lizards, frogs or mice if they come across them while roaming around during the day time or at night.
The Most Fascinating Chicken Facts
1 So which came first: the chicken or the egg? This proverbial question has already been answered by scientists in 2013. Scientists found out that the precursor of all chicken first appeared among the reptiles and they were the first ones to lay the eggs.
2 The dreaded bird flu (avian flu) is very deadly and can wipe out 90% of the birds within a flock in a span of 48 hours.
3 Do you know that the chicken was the first bird species to have its entire genome sequenced? Yes. Its genome was sequenced in 2004.
4 Scientists believe that the purpose of the wattle, which is the flesh that dangles beneath the rooster’s beak, is to provide a proper show to hen during tidbitting.
5 Roosters perform a dance called tidbitting wherein they make food calls and move their heads up and down while picking up and dropping food. They do this to impress females.
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6 There are more than a dozen chicken breeds that exist today and they are bred for different reasons.
7 There are 25 billion domesticated chicken all over the world, thus there are more of them than other bird species.
8 Whoever said that chicken are flightless? They have the ability to get airborne, enough to make it on top of a tree to escape their predators.
9 Research showed that the ancestors of chicken were domesticated not for food but for cockfighting.
10 Chickens are domesticated subspecies of the Asian red jungle fowl. Domestication of the red jungle fowl occurred more than 5,000 years ago in Asia.
11 There are 23 millions of chickens slaughtered in the United States for food. That is about 269 chickens being killed every second!
12 The average lifespan of a chicken is eight to twelve years!
13 Chickens can run as fast as 4 miles per hour.
14 A chicken’s heart beats at 280 beats per minute.
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