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11 reasons why Chickens are cluckin’ amazing…

It’s Chicken Month, so here’s 11 facts about Chickens to make you realize they’re cluckin’ amazing…

1. Chickens can distinguish among more than 100 faces of their fellow chicken-mates! Who said Elephants were the ones with all the memory?

Chickens on traditional free range poultry farm.

2. Chickens have full-colour vision, just like we do. Rumour has it their vision is also HD, but we couldn’t possibly confirm.

Hangover CHicken

3. They also tell each other about what they see. Chickens communicate with more than 24 vocalisations, each with a distinct meaning, including warning their friends about different types of predators or letting their mothers know whether they’re comfortable. And a cluckety-cluck to you, too.

Free range live poultry fowls

4. Hens defend their young from predators (sometimes by hiding them, like this one). Next time someone calls you “chicken” as an insult, you know what to tell them!

Protecting Hen

5. Chickens know who’s boss. Just like us, they form social structures, and all chickens know their place on the ladder. You could almost call them… pecking orders. (Applause)

Chicken and Dog

6. They slurp grass like spaghetti. Yes, you read that right!

Chickens on a lawn

7. Chickens originate from tropical rainforests, where they evolved for millions of years. Which practically makes eggs an exotic delicacy.

White Chicken

8. They can navigate using the sun, which helps them find food and water and even know what time it is. To think… they don’t even have smart phones or anything!

chicken brooding hen and chicks in a farm

 

9. Studies show that chickens survive a predator attack 90 per cent of the time while living in their natural environment. #bosslife

Mean CHicken looking

10. Chickens love to play and will run, jump and have a kick about when given the chance… sounds just like us on holiday in Menorca.

chickens playing football

11. There is a variety of Golden Hen which has been known to lay Red, Green, Blue and Golden eggs… Crackin’ Eggs one might say 😉

Did you know...

Hens will often sing the "Egg song" before, or after, she lays an egg. It is a cheerful song that shows pride in her efforts!