Little-known Chicken Facts
Little-known Chicken Facts
2. Only one country andone continent are fowl free- Vatican City and Antarctica.
3. Mexicans eat more than 400 eggs per year, almost three times the global average. Americans eat more than 80 pounds of chicken a year, four times the world average and more than any other major nationality.
4. The first known image of a rooster dates back to around 1300 BC.
5. In ancient times, Persians held the rooster in such esteem it was forbidden, as it was among Hindus, to eat them.
6. In Greece chickens became the sacred animal of a half dozen gods and goddesses, and during Rome’s heyday they predicted the outcome of battles.
7. Today, one of the most prominent film awards in China is a statue of a golden rooster.
8. Chickens were likely first domesticated not for food, but for religious ritual and gambling.
9. The Globe Theater in London was designed primarily for cock fights rather than Shakespearian performances.
10. Common phrases like "battle royal," "showing pluck," "remain cocky," and "cockpit," are all references associated with cockfighting.
11. Roosters, also commonly referred to as “cocks,” actually have no penis.
12. The rooster is the national emblem of France and one of the oldest symbols of the Democratic Party in the United States.
13. Raising chickens was the only private enterprise that plantation owners like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson allowed their slaves. As a result, African Americans laid the foundation for today’s poultry industry.
14. Queen Victoria launched development of the modern chicken in the 1840s, and women were at the forefront of the chicken business for the subsequent century.
15. Commercial laying hens living cage free are not necessarily better off than those packed into wire enclosures.
16. Until last year, three kinds of arsenic were commonly used in chicken feed.
17. Imports of American chicken are banned in the European Union.
18. Chicken soup is proven to be good, and flu vaccine is made from chicken eggs.
19. Broiler-fryers, roasters, stewing/baking hens, capons and Rock Cornish hens are all chickens.
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20. In the wild, chickens can live for 5-11 years, but their life is many years shorter (usually 1-2 years) on a farm.
21. Chickens can recognize and remember about 100 other chickens.
22. Chickens clean themselves by taking dust baths.
23. Chickens have nerve endings in their beaks, meaning de-beaking (beak trimming) is painful, unlike many people believe.
24. More than 90% of Canada’s egg-laying hens are confined in small cages called "battery cages". They are often grouped 4-6 to a cage.
25. Free roaming chickens walk about 3 kilometres a day.
26. Eggs are graded by weight and quality (shell quality, interior quality, and the size of the air cell located at the larger end of the egg). Eggs are classified as Grade A, B or C.
27. Omega-3 enhanced eggs are from hens that are fed an all-vegetarian diet with significant amounts of ground flaxseed. As a result, these eggs are a source of omega-3 fatty acids.