Chicken Trivia

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Did you know chickens dream just like we do?

Or that they have full colour vision?

Do you know chickens are related to dinosaurs? 

Here are 12 Fun Fowl Facts! (with a dash of humour!)


1  )  Chickens have, just like us, full-colour vision. So the colourful  Eglus  from Omlet will also brighten up your chickens’ day!


)   Chickens dream just like we do. During sleep they also experience REM (Rapid Egg Movement?)

Maybe they dream about all the exciting things they did during the day…


3  Chickens have highly specialised vision.

They can use each eye independently, they are able to swap between eyes and focus with each eye on a different distance. WOW! They have both a monocular lateral field and a frontal binocular field, sometimes switching between the two. In this way, while searching for food, chickens can obtain a clear view of the grains of feed immediately in front of them while simultaneously receiving a panoramic view of a more distant environment in order to detect movement or a possible danger. (ie; eat dinner and watch tv at the same time!)


4 )   Chickens also have impressive memories.

They can recognise up to 100 other chicken faces and recognise familiar birds after several months of separation. They can also recognise human faces: those they love and those they are wary of…


5 ) There is a word for the extreme fear of chickens, namely alektorophobia.  People with alektorophobia can even develop a fear for eggs.


6 ) Chickens are omnivores, which means they eat both vegetables and meat. They love seeds, fresh greens and juicy worms but will also appreciate a small mouse if they come across one…if you want your chooks to love you treat them with dried mealworms !


7 Chickens are sociable creatures, hang out in groups and love to roam around freely, take dust baths, sun bathe and play (just like us!) Because of this, Omlet have an interesting range of chicken toys and accessories, like the  Elvis & Rocky Peck Toys and  the Chicken Swing!


8 ) Chickens are pre-historic.

Chickens are related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Maybe this is not that hard to believe when they stare at you with a penetrating gaze (trying to convince you to feed them…again!).


9 ) Chickens are an ancient fowl .

Domestication of the chicken is thought to have occurred 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.  Charles Darwin believed that the red jungle fowl (gallus gallus) from Asia is the ancestor of the modern chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus).


10 ) Worldwide there are more than 25 billion chickens (as a comparison: there are less than 7.5 billion people). Chickens are therefore the most common birds on earth.


11  )    Wild chickens just lay ten to fifteen eggs a year during the breeding season.

Battery hens are bred to lay an egg almost every day. To make sure you’ll use the eggs of your hens in date order, Omlet provides the  Egg Skelter  and  Egg Ramp.

 


12  )  And finally, this begs the question; which came first, the chicken or the egg?


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Joanne Hoyle

12)  For an egg to hatch into a chicken, it would've needed to have been fertilized by a rooster before being laid... LOL

The chicken came first!!!!