Random Chicken Facts

The average hen lays 300 eggs a year.

The record for multiple egg yolks in one egg is nine.

A chicken needs to eat approximately four pounds of feed to make a dozen eggs (about 86 cents worth of food at retail).

If a chicken has red ear lobes, it will lay brown eggs if it has white earlobes it will lay white eggs.

Chickens will lay fewer and fewer but larger and larger eggs as they grow older.

Chickens will lay more, larger, and stronger eggs... if they think the day is 28 hours.

The largest recorded chicken egg weighed 12 ounces and had two yolks.

The record for egglaying belongs to a white leghorn that laid 371 eggs in 364 days.

The world record for the most eggs laid in one day is seven.

In the U.S. 46% of all chicken eaten is consumed in restaurants.

A "Cornish Game Hen" is actually a 5-6 week old chicken.

Americans eat 80 pounds of chicken per capita, which is more than beef at 63 pounds per capita.

Hooters restaurants sell 30 million pounds of chicken wings each year. That is enough to circle the earth at the equator.

A headless chicken can run the length of a football field before dropping dead.

The longest recorded chicken flight was 13 seconds and a total distance of 301. 5 feet.

A Chicken can run about 9 miles per hour, a human can usually manage 12-15 miles per hour.

Chickens have a different alarm cluck for different predators

A chicken's heart beats 300 times a minute (about 4-5 times more than a human).

The chicken has been domesticated for 8,000 years.

In 2007, researchers were able to extract small amounts of collagen protein from a 68 million year old Tyrannosaoures Rex leg bone. Further analysis confirmed that the chicken is the closest living relative to the T. Rex.

There are more chickens on earth than humans.

America eats 8 billion chickens a year.

The U.S. leads the world in chicken production with 16 million metric tons in 2006. China and Brazil round out the top three producing nations.

China has the largest population of chickens (meat and layers) with nearly 3 billion chickens and represents nearly 45% of world egg production with 30 million metric tons of eggs produced yearly. The U.S. is second with 450 million chickens laying 5.4 million metric tons of eggs, about 8.1% of world wide total.

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