Chickens have a number of uses, ranging from food supply, entertainment and even loved as domestic pets. Some folks enjoy chickens for their beautiful coloring, their demeanor, and awkward movement make them endearing. Many people collect hens, chicks, and roosters in the various forms of art, paintings, photos, knick-knacks, sculptures, and other such forms. At Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings, we even carve chickens with chainsaws, making them unique additions to any home. Today, we would like to spotlight chickens and share some fun facts.
Facts About Chicken Intelligence & More
1) With a “took, took, took”, a rooster announces to a flock of chickens that he’s found food. If the hens already have food, they don’t pay much attention to the roosters.
2) Making sounds, much like how they do when they find food, roosters perform a dance that also include moving their head up and down and will also pick up and drop food. This dance is known as ‘tidbitting’. Researchers noted that the hens prefer the rooster that have larger and brighter combs that will also perform tidbitting frequently.
3) The rooster’s wattle, according to scientists, which is the dangly skin-like bit beneath the beak, contributes to getting the attention of the hens when tidbitting.
4) Females will mate with several different males at once, and afterwards, if there was a particular rooster’s offspring she didn’t care for, she can eject the sperm. When a male is low in the pecking order, this typically occurs.
5) In 2004, the chicken was the first bird to have its genome sequenced.
6) An extremely contagious illness that make chickens very ill, and even prove fatal is Avian influenza, also known as the bird flu. Within 48 hours, this highly pathogenic form of the disease can kill off 90%-100% of the birds in a flock.
7) A member of the pheasant family that is native to Asia are the red junglefowl which chickens, or, Gallus gallus domesticus are a domestic subspecies. Additionally, the grey junglefowl, according to genetic studies, contributed to the evolution of chicken.
8) Chickens were not initially domesticated for the purpose of food, but for cockfights.
9) Contrary to belief, chickens are not flightless, but have limited flight; enough to clear a fence or make it into the branches of trees.
10) Chickens will eat nearly anything, being omnivorous, their diet will include seeds, insects as well as larger prey such as lizards and mice.
11) There are more chickens than any other bird species; with over 25 billion chickens in the world.
12) There are dozens of breeds of chickens, some of the more common Rhode Island red, leghorn, and Dutch bantam.
13) Chicks are the baby chickens. Hens are known as pullets until they’re old enough to lay eggs, where males have a variety of references depending on the country; names include roosters, cocks or cockerels.