Ten Things You Might Not Know About Chickens

#1 – Chickens get carsick.

#2 – White earlobes mean white (or pale cream) eggs. Red earlobes usually mean brown eggs. Black or blue earlobes can mean anything.

#3 – If a hen has yellow legs, she’s not laying.

#4 – It’s possible for a hen to crow, usually after she reaches menopause.

#5 – Roosters don’t just crow at dawn.

#6 – Even though a hen reaches full size at 8-10 weeks, she doesn’t reach sexual maturity (and start laying) until 20-25 weeks.

#7 – Chickens only have one “vent” – so yes, the egg and the poo does come out the same hole.

#8 – Eggs can come in all sorts of different colours and sizes. They’re all perfectly safe to eat, unless they float in water.

#9 – Hens will still lay eggs, even with no rooster – in fact, the hens that shop eggs come from never see a rooster in their lives.

#10 – Chook eggs aren’t fertilised like fish eggs. Chooks have sex. (It also takes a week to ten days after mating for the egg to become fertilised).

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One thought on “Ten Things You Might Not Know About Chickens

  1. Wow! Those are really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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