11 Chicken Facts You Should Know About


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Did you know that the domesticated chicken is a descendant of the red junglefowl? Or that there are more than 40 billion chickens in the world, accounting for more than 95% of all bird species? Check out these and other interesting chicken facts below!

1. Chickens are descendants of dinosaurs.

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The domesticated chicken is a descendant of the red junglefowl, the national bird of Sri Lanka. The red junglefowl is thought to be the primary ancestor of the chicken as we know it today. Interestingly enough, this means that chickens are technically dinosaurs!

2. There are more chickens than any other bird species.

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There are an estimated 40 billion chickens in the world, which is more than any other bird species. Chickens account for more than 95% of all birds worldwide.

3. Chickens were once used as currency.

In some parts of the world, chickens have been used as currency. In Africa, for example, chickens are still used as a form of currency in some areas. In parts of Polynesia, chickens were once used as a form of currency called “feather money.”

4. Chickens have unique vocalizations.

Chickens make a variety of unique vocalizations, including clucking, crowing, and purring. These vocalizations serve different purposes, such as communicating danger or attracting a mate.

5. Chickens can communicate with each other using visual cues.

In addition to vocalizations, chickens also communicate with each other using visual cues, such as body language and feathers. For example, a chicken will lower its head and spread its wings when it wants to mate.

6. Chickens have a pecking order.

Chickens establish a social hierarchy, or “pecking order,” within their flock. This hierarchy determines which chicken gets to eat first, drink first, and so on. The pecking order can also change over time, as chickens gain or lose weight, lay eggs, and so on.

7. Chickens are omnivorous.

Chickens are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plants and animals. In the wild, chickens typically eat a diet of insects, seeds, and fruits. However, the diet of domesticated chickens is often quite different and typically includes commercial chicken feed.

8. Chickens have a good sense of smell.

Despite popular belief, chickens do have a sense of smell and can be trained to follow certain scents. For example, some farmers train their chickens to follow the scent of truffles, which helps them find these valuable fungi more easily.

9. Chickens can develop certain health conditions.

Like all animals, chickens can develop certain health conditions. Some of the most common chicken health problems include respiratory diseases, parasites, and heart disease.

10. Chickens are used in a variety of research projects.

Chickens are used in a variety of scientific research projects, such as studies on behavior, genetics, and disease. The chicken genome has been fully sequenced and is available for researchers to use.

11. Chickens are considered good luck in some cultures.

In many cultures around the world, chickens are considered to be good luck. For example, in China, it is considered good luck to have a rooster in your home. In the Middle East, some people believe that chasing away a chicken will bring you good luck.

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