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Chicken Fun Facts!

07/04/2019 @ 12:00 pm

Some facts on Chickens, From the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom 2018-19 Calendar for Teachers:


  • Egyptians had domesticated, or tamed, fowl that laid eggs for man to eat by 3000 B.C.
  • More than 300 breeds of chickens exist, but only a few are used for meat-type production.
  • The term poultry refers to chickens, turkeys, ducks, ostriches, emus, quail, pheasants, geese and pigeons raised for meat or eggs.
  • Chickens need grit, which is a mixture of angular, hard crushed rock in their diet to produce eggs.
  • Chickens are omnivores. They eat seeds and insects but can also eat larger prey like small mice and lizards.
  • All nine essential amino acids that your body needs, but cannot produce, are found in eggs.
  • Each year, Illinois produces nearly 128-million dozen eggs!
  • Eggs have six grams of protein that help sustain mental and physical energy.
  • Eggs are used in vaccines, paints, shampoo, conditioners and animal feed.
  • Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
  • Eggs contain zero carbohydrates and no sugar.
  • Chickens can run up to nine miles per hour for short periods of time and can get airborne enough to get over a fence.
  • The house or cage in which a chicken lives is called a coop.
  • Feathers of poultry are used to stuff pillows and insulate clothing.
  • Chicken is the most consumed protein in the United States. 
  • Illinois has over 5,000,000 chickens.


*From the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom 2018-19 Calendar for Teachers

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