Recently we got three chickens. We have a chicken coop and a feeder that they can eat from when they want to. The coop looks like a cherry red barn. They like to hang out in the roost and they lay one egg each day in the egg box. Their names are Snowy, Fabio and Nick. Two of them are white leghorns and Nick is a tan fluffy Wyandotte.
There are hundreds of kinds of chickens. The way to tell what kind a chicken is is based on its size, plumage color, type of comb on its head, skin color, number of toes, feathers, egg color and where they are from. I like chickens because they are one of the few animals that make food we can eat without dying. They are also interesting to watch. They like to gobble down worms, fireflies and slugs. They like to scratch the ground. We found out the white leghorns are very fast if they get away! Snowy was hard to catch and can be an escape artist. Nick is the adventurous one but can be lazy and will not lay an egg every day.
Did you know that most chickens will only lay one egg a day?
I read at school that the most eggs laid in one day by a chicken was seven. The most yolks found in an egg was nine. Fabio laid one with two yolks. This is cool because I am a twin too!
here are some interesting facts about chickens.
- Chickens are farmed for meat and for eggs. It is believed that they were first domesticated over 10,000 years ago in the far east.
- the most chickens today are in China.
- Chickens have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years.
- A life time supply of chicken poop can power a 100 watt lightbulb for five hours
- The longest chicken flight was 12.3 seconds. The longest length of flight was 301.3 feet.
- There are more chickens one earth than humans.
- A chicken can run up to 9 miles per hour.
- When you cross breed a chicken and a turkey you get a turkin,
- Some chickens lay eggs all their life, some will stop laying eggs after a few years.
- You have to have a rooster to have fertilized eggs that will turn into a baby chick. With out a rooster, the hen will lay eggs that will not hatch.
- Some chickens can lay eggs of different colors, even blue or green!
Chickens are amazing birds because they are often friendly and they lay eggs. They can be unpredictable and they are fun to watch. I like my eggs cooked sunny side or just the egg white. They are delicious. Our brown eggs have more flavor than the white eggs.
The NC STATE Vet school has a class where you can learn how to raise your own chickens!
I hope you like my pictures of our chickens. Below are some pictures of a rhode island red, a phoenix and an orpington. I would like to have a rhode island red because I have heard they are very good chickens for eggs.
Go crazy for animals and happy summer!