Thursday, December 15, 2011
Three French Hens
Well, this picture reminds me again of my grandmother who raised chickens. We used to have to go in the hen house to get the eggs - that is, if the rooster would let us.
How about some little unknown facts about chickens? I found these fun facts at: http://shilala.homestead.com/chickenfacts.html There are more there, so be sure and take a look.
A chickens' body temperature normally runs at 102-103 degrees F.
A chickens' heart beats 280-315 times a minute.
It takes a hen 24-26 hours to lay an egg.
Grocery store chickens are 5-8 weeks old.
Americans consume 8 billion chickens a year.
Chickens were domesticated about 8000 years ago.
Chickens lay different colored eggs, from white, to brown, to green, to pink, to blue.
All domestic chickens can be genetically traced to Gallus Gallus, The Red Jungle Fowl.
A hen lives an average of 5-7 years, but can live up to 20 years. She'll lay eggs her entire life, with production decreasing every year from year one.
Alektorophobia is the name given to "The Fear of Chickens".
What I want to know is, who 8000 yrs ago thought of domesticating the chicken?
It would be fun to go to your grocery store and ask a clerk where they keep the Gallus Gallus, or to ask him to put your fryer in your basket because you have 'Alektorophobia.'
Since this blog isn't very Christmasy, here is a pic of our tree this year:
I was going to post a youtube video here, but google has changed the format and will not allow direct to the blog. That's 2 strikes I have against google. The list is growing. Anyway, here is the link.