Chickens 20 Fascinating Questions

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Chickens are the most common animal on a farm; as the famous school rhyme goes, “Old MacDonald had a farm, and on his farm, he had some chicks”. Have you ever thought about how much you know about chicken? Apart from that, we take a lot from them.

Chickens are fluffy and loving creatures. If they are given love, they will be your best friends. Did you know we take two important factors from them: their delicious meat and the eggs they lay. The question is, how do you like your eggs?

So, you probably have many questions about chickens, and guess what? We have all the answers.

20 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Chickens

  1. Can Chickens see in colours?

Most animals are colourblind, which means they can only see in black and white, similar to an old television without colours. On the other hand, Chickens have been blessed with the ability to see the rainbow, or in other words, colours.

  1. Do chickens dream?

Chickens enjoy sleeping and have rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which means they dream just like us. So the question is, what do they dream about?

  1. Are chickens considered omnivores?

Chickens are omnivores; if they don’t like what they see, they will eat their raw eggs, which are a little nasty but healthy.

  1. What do chickens eat?

Chickens, like humans, are omnivores, as previously stated. This means they would naturally consume seeds, plants, insects, earthworms, snails, and surprisingly small animals such as frogs, mice, and even snakes. 

  1. How do chickens shower?

A chicken cleans itself by taking a dust bath, which is similar to showering but in its own unique way. They dig a tiny pit in the ground and use the dirt to soak up the oil in their feathers. They may appear dusty, but they are definitely clean!

  1. Do chickens have musical ears?

Surprisingly, music has an effect on chicken laying patterns. You may not be a fan of classical music, but chickens that listen to it lay bigger and heavier eggs. Actually, it depends on the music genre; Rock had the highest egg production, with 33 eggs in the week. Classical came second with 30 eggs. Reggae had the fewest eggs, 20.

  1. Are chickens early risers?

Have you ever thought about when chickens lay their eggs? The majority of eggs are typically laid between 7 and 11 a.m.

  1. A healthy chicken lays how many eggs?

Every one or two days, the average chicken lays one egg. A happy and loving chicken can lay one egg per day. In addition, a healthy chicken can lay up to 260 eggs per year.

  1. Can chickens fly?

Yes, they can fly short distances in search of food or shelter. A huge fence surrounds the farm, and the birds will occasionally make their way into neighbouring yards. 

  1. What do you call a male and female chicken?

Here they are if you’ve been wondering about the female and male chicken names for a while. 

  • A chick is a young chicken. 
  • A Pullet is a young female chicken. 
  • The Cockerel is a young male chicken. 
  • We can’t forget about the hen, which is an adult female chicken. 
  • Finally, a cock known as a Rooster is an adult male chicken.
  1. Why does a rooster crow first thing in the morning?

The rooster makes the sound Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, also known as a crow.

A rooster crows because he has an internal clock that allows him to predict when the sunrise will occur. Roosters look forward to sunrise to get a head start on their daily hunt for food and defend their territory.

  1. Does a hen need a rooster to lay an egg?

The answer is no; chickens are independent and are perfectly happy to lay eggs on their own. However, if you want more chicks, you will need a papa bird, which is a rooster.

  1. What is the chicken life cycle?

The first thing you should know is that healthy female chickens, known as hens, can lay eggs, which means they don’y need a rooster. However, if the hen does not have access to a rooster, the eggs will be unfertilized; this means the egg will never develop into a chick.

The second thing is that a hen will lay an egg every 25-27 hours; this cycle repeats itself daily.

It’s an interesting cycle that will have you wondering whether the egg or the chicken came first. So let’s get to know the four basic phases of the chicken life cycle.

  • Phase 1: Embryo

The first stage is the embryo phase, which lasts 21 days and begins when the egg is laid.

  • Phase 2: Chick

This phase begins on the 21st when the chick hatches and emerges from its egg. The breed of chicken determines the duration of this phase.

  • Phase 3: Pullet (Teen)

The pullet stage of chicken development is frequently forgotten. However, like humans, chickens must go through adolescence before becoming adults.

  • Phase 4: Adult

The adult chicken can live for up to seven years. The lifespan of an adult chicken is determined by breed as well as by raising livestock.

  1. What is the name of a group of chickens?

A flock is a group of chickens. When a chicken lays an egg, a clutch is a group of eggs laid at the same time. A brood is a large group of chicks being raised together.

  1. What are the four different names for the chicken group?

Let’s learn more about the following four different terms: flock, brood, clutch, and peep.

  • Flock

A flock is a group of adult chickens or chickens of mixed ages. This group will live together, most likely in a coop, and will have established a hierarchy system.

An interesting fact about flocks: 

As previously stated, a flock has a hierarchy; therefore, what happens if you add new birds to an already existing flock? If you did, chickens would naturally readjust to their new social positions.

  • Brood

A brood is a term that refers to a group of chicks. If a brood is raised with the flock, it will eventually become a part of it.

  • Clutch

A group of eggs is known as a clutch. Each clutch contains 12-15 eggs. Every day until the clutch reaches this size, and a hen will lay a new egg. Then, the mother hen will incubate the egg until it hatches.

  • Peeps

The name is derived from the way a chicken emerges from an egg. When chicks hatch from their eggs, they peep out. As a result, young chicks are sometimes referred to as peeps.

  1. What is the name of the red thing on a chicken’s head?

The comb is the fleshy, red outgrowth on top of a chicken’s head. Combs come in various shapes and sizes, including rose, pea, cushion, strawberry, buttercup, and V-shaped. 

The comb is primarily for show, but it also serves to keep the bird cool in hot weather. In addition, the comb is an indicator of egg production status in hens. 

You can tell if your chicken is sick or not by looking at its comb. It could mean they are sick if it is pale or has less colour than usual.

  1. What is the origin of chickens?

According to recent research, chickens are T-Rex relatives. Despite not having the same scary teeth, T-Rex DNA is most closely related to that of chickens and ostriches. 

  1. How many different kinds of chickens are there?

So many; where do we begin? There are over 300 different types of chickens in the world.

  1. What is the most common chicken breed?

There are numerous chicken breeds; however, we will mention the most important five.

  • Plymouth Rock

The Plymouth Rock is a domestic chicken breed from the United States. It is a dual-purpose chicken raised for meat and brown eggs.

  • Orpington

The Orpington is a British chicken breed. It was meant to be a dual-purpose breed that could be raised for both eggs and meat, but it quickly became a show bird.

  • Silkie

Silkies are Chinese chickens named after their unusually fluffy feathers, which are said to feel like satin. Other distinguishing features of the breed include black skin and bones. In addition, blue earlobes and uniquely five toes on each foot, whereas most chickens have only four. 

A fun fact is that traditional Chinese medicine also uses their bones.

  • Rhode Island Red

The Rhode Island Red is a domestic chicken breed from the United States. It is Rhode Island’s state bird. It was created in the late 1800s in New York and Massachusetts by crossing Australian Malay birds with Italian brown Leghorn birds.

  • Polish

The Polish, also known as Poland, is a European breed of crested chicken known for its extraordinary feather crown. They have massive crests that almost completely cover their heads.

  1. How many chickens are there in the world?

It’s difficult to count every chicken on the planet, but there are approximately 25.9 billion chickens on the planet.

China is the world’s leading producer of chickens, with over 5.14 billion chickens living on the Chinese mainland.

With over 60 million chickens, Iowa leads the chicken farming industry.

Finally, what is a chicken’s favourite film?

Have you got it right? Chicken Run, of course! By now, you know every Q&A there is to know about chickens. The most important question we left for you to answer is, “which comes first, the egg or the chicken?”

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