Chickens

We have several chickens on Patchwork Farm, with Colin the cockerel ruling the roost.


 

Fun Facts

  • A male chicken is called a cockerel, a female chicken is called a hen, and a baby chicken is called a chick.
  • Chickens are able to remember and recognise over 100 individuals. They can also recognise humans.
  • Chickens experience REM sleep, which is associated with dreaming.
  • Chickens have very sophisticated social behaviour. They have a dominance hierarchy where higher individuals dominate subordinate individuals. This is where the term 'pecking order' comes from!
  • Chickens can perform over 30 different types of vocalisation with varying meanings.
  • Chickens have full-colour vision, just like we do.
  • Chickens will eat grass and ‘slurp’ it like spaghetti!
  • Chickens are the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • Mother hens talk to their unborn babies, and they chirp back through their shells.

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