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Can chickens recognize your face?

Recent science tell us that chickens have great memories and facial recognition skills. They are able to remember and recognize more than 100 different members of its own species, including other animals, humans, places and things, even after months apart. That means that your chickens can recognize you. So, treat them nice, people! Chickens also have the ability to learn and retain what they’ve learned from past experiences, then recall and apply in future situations. In one study, hens learned that red-colored food was good, while their […]

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What is pecking order?

All social animals are ‘status seekers’, and chickens are no exception. Many times you’ll see hens pecking or bullying other chickens in their flock. This is a natural occurrence and is a way that chickens establish their pecking order. Pecking order, and as the term implies, is established by using their beaks. Pecking order rank determines the order in which chickens are ‘allowed’ to eat, drink, roost, choose nest boxes to lay eggs, dust bathe, crow and even mate. Each flock of chickens has their own established […]

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Can hens choose which rooster fertilizes their eggs?

Hens have their own natural ‘morning after pill’ option. Hens mate with many different roosters. If she decides after mating that she doesn’t want a particular rooster’s offspring (usually when he’s lower in the pecking order), she can eject sperm of that specific rooster before fertilization occurs, as has been experimentally shown by numerous researchers (Pizzari and Birkhead, 2000; Dean et al., 2011).  

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How many eggs does a chicken lay in a day?

While most hens are known to lay one egg per day from spring to late autumn/early winter; the number of eggs can also depend on breed, age of the hen, whether or not you have lighting in your hen house, quality of life and environment. It takes 26 hours for a hen to make an egg. In the Doomsday Bunker Book: Your Complete Guide to Designing, Surviving and Living in a Concrete Bunker, author Ben Jakob explains that if you’ve got young healthy hens (between 6 months […]

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