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People have been raising chickens for more than 7,000 years. Chickens were first domesticated in India and China and it is believed that it arrived in Greece at around 800-900BC. You might think of chickens as farm animals, but even people in cities can raise a few chickens in the backyard. Chicken coops don’t take up much room.
The chicken is well-known for many things – clucking about on farms, laying eggs, and being covered in big, white feathers, to name a few. All of these things are obvious, but there are many interesting facts about this animal you may not know. If you’ve ever visited a farm, it’s very likely you’ve seen a bunch of chickens running about. Perhaps you’ve even held a baby chick at one point in your life. The chicken is much more fascinating than one may realize – read these chicken facts to learn more about this mostly domesticated animal:

  • A healthy chicken lays about 265 eggs each year.

  • Chickens are related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

  • Chickens will be less nervous if you walk backwards when entering the coop.

  • Most chickens swallow gravel to help mash food.

  • Chickens cluck after they lay an egg.

  • Despite popular belief, not all chickens look exactly the same – they can come in different sizes and colors. However, the general body structure of chickens is rather similar, and includes a tiny head with a very plump body. Most chickens also have scale-covered legs and sharp claws used for gripping objects and walking.

  • A chicken’s diet will not be very appealing to us humans – chickens in the wild like to eat whatever they can overpower, like mice, insects, and grains. Domesticated chickens are often given “chicken feed” which is specifically created for chickens to give them the proper nutrition they need to grow. Chicken feed contains grains, vegetable/animal proteins, and other added minerals and nutrients.

  • Believe it or not, despite popular belief, chickens are not completely flightless. Chickens can fly a little bit – well enough to make it over a fence or even up a tree.

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