National Chicken Month!
Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about National Chicken Month! Over two decades ago, the National Chicken Council, came together with major chicken producers to promote chicken sales in September, resulting in September being National Chicken Month! To celebrate in our own way, we’re sharing 10 facts about chickens you may not have known.
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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings.
Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about National Chicken Month!
Over two decades ago, the National Chicken Council, came together with major chicken producers to promote chicken sales in September, resulting in September being National Chicken Month!
To celebrate in our own way, we’re sharing 10 facts about chickens you may not have known.
#1 There are over 25 billion chickens worldwide, more than any other bird species, easily outnumbering humans.
#2 Chickens were first domesticated for fighting before they were ever considered for food.
#3 That didn’t stop them from finding their way to our plate though. Americans consume 8 billion chickens per year, that’s more than beef!
#4 The record number of eggs, laid by a chicken in one year, was set in 1979 by a White Leghorn producing 371 eggs.
#5 The fear of chickens is called Alektorophobia.
#6 In 2004, Guinness World Record, proclaimed a chicken named Matilda to be the World’s Oldest Living Chicken at 14 years old. Her owners were magicians, where she made her debut appearance in a 1991 magic show. Her magic career spanned well over a decade. Take 7After receiving her title, she lived to be 16 before passing away, due to age-related health problems. Chickens typically live to 5-10 years of age.
#7 Chickens have three eyelids, an upper, lower and nictitating membrane. While their lids typically remain open during the day, you’ll often see their nictitating membrane blink.
#8 In order to attract hens, roosters will do a dance called tidbitting, which involves moving their head up and down, waddling and making certain sounds. Some believe a roosters wattle is solely to help him gain a hen’s attention while tidbitting, but really it also helps with blood circulation to keep them cool.
#9 In 2004, the chicken was the first bird to have its genome sequenced – which is finding the order of their DNA. This helped to determine the chicken is the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
And lastly, #10 All vertebrates have eggs, but hard-shelled eggs first appeared amongst reptiles. Leaving the age-old question to stand, which came first the chicken or the egg?
We hope you’ll share these fun facts with other chicken enthusiasts in celebration of National Chicken Month!
Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!
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Kendra + Jeff
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