Strange Facts About Chickens

Is that a bird? Chickens are everywhere in our lives, whether in our yards or on our plates. People are unaware of much about chickens, aside from their mundane habits and origin, which are popular punchlines. These chicken facts will show you that they're not as stupid as you think.

1 - Chickens can dream.


According to research, chickens have REM (rapid eye movement) while sleeping, which means they can dream just like us! They also have a unique sleep stage called unihemispheric slow-wave sleep, in which one side of the brain is able to sleep and the other is awake. This implies that chickens could indeed sleep with one eye open, which is particularly useful for predator detection.

2 - Chickens have superior color vision to humans.


Chickens, like humans, have color vision and can see red, green, and blue light. What distinguishes chicken vision from ours is that they can see ultraviolet light, which produces the colors seen when using a black light!

3 - Hens talk to their chicks while they are still within their eggs!


Isn't that adorable? When a mother hen lays eggs, she can make noises that chicks still incubating inside their eggs can hear and respond to. Even the chicks make tiny "peeps" from inside their eggs! Chickens use a variety of sounds to communicate with one another once they reach maturity.

4 - For 18 months, a headless chicken survived.

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Mike Miracle, also known as the Headless Chicken, Mike survived without his head for 18 months. His brain stem and jugular remained intact, according to scientists, and a clot kept him from bleeding to death. His owner fed him using a dropper and his trachea. But he eventually choked to death.

5 - Chickens have excellent face memory!


That is correct! Chickens can recognize and recall around 100 different human and chicken faces. That's why, if you have pet chickens, they become excited when they come across you or their favorite people!

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Have you ever wondered what makes brown eggs different from white eggs? The color of the egg shell is determined by the breed of the hen, not by the color of the feathers. It's the hue of a hen's earlobes! Hens with red earlobes tend to lay brown eggs, while hens with white earlobes tend to lay white eggs (with a few exceptions, of course). But even though the color scheme of the eggs varies, neither the nutritional content nor the flavor does.

7 - Chickens are not herbivores, but rather omnivores.


While some people believe that Chickens only eat plants and grain products, they actually consume (and enjoy) a much broader range of foods! Chickens do consume plants, seeds, and grains, as well as dairy and meat products. Kitchen scraps can be used to supplement their feed, which is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of leftover food. Chickens also enjoy digging in the dirt in search of bugs to eat, such as beetles, larvae, slugs, and grasshoppers.

8 - Dust baths are a chicken's cleaning method.


Have you recently wondered what those huge chicken-sized gaps in the ground in any chicken pen are for? Chickens enjoy digging into the ground and taking a "dust bath." Those who do this to maintain themselves clean and to keep cool during the summer.

9 - Chickens communicate in a complex manner.


Chickens have over 30 distinct vocalizations that they employ to communicate a wide range of messages to other chickens, such as mating calls, stress signals, danger warnings, how they are feeling, and food discovery.

10 - Chickens have a hierarchy.


Flocks of chickens live together. The social system of these flocks is based on a dominance hierarchy known as a pecking order. All chickens understand their place in their hierarchy, which aids in the maintenance of a stable, cohesive group.

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