A few little known chicken facts.

Little Known Chicken Fact #1~ Chicken are pretty fast. The chicken can travel up to 9 miles per hour when it wants to.

Little Known Chicken Fact #2 ~The largest ever recorded chicken egg weighed nearly 12 ounces, and measured 12.25 inches around.

Little Known Chicken Fact #3 ~Chicken language has real meanings. The birds give different alarm calls depending on which type of predator is threatening them.

Little Known Chicken Fact #4 ~There are more chickens on Earth than there are humans.

Little Known Chicken Fact #5 ~Chickens can cross breed with turkeys. The result is called a ‘Turkin’.

Little Known Chicken Fact #6 ~There are four cities in the United States that have the word “chicken” in their name: Chicken, Alaska; Chicken Bristle, Illinois; Chicken Bristle, Kentucky; and Chicken Town, Pennsylvania.

Little Known Chicken Fact #7 ~The greatest number of yolks ever found in a single chicken egg was nine!

Little Known Chicken Fact #8 ~
Chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. (I wonder what they dream about?)

Little Known Chicken Fact #9 ~The chicken is the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex.

Little Known Chicken Fact #10 ~In Gainesville, Georgia, (the chicken capital of the world), a local ordinance makes it illegal to eat your chicken with a fork.

Little Known Chicken Fact #11 ~The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100 watt bulb for five hours.

Little Known Chicken Fact #12 ~China has the most people in the world, *and* also has the most chickens. There are over 3,000,000,000 chickens in China! (The United States has only 450 million.)

Little Known Chicken Fact #13 ~The longest recorded distance flown by any chicken was 301.5 feet.

Little Known Chicken Fact #14 ~The record for laying the most eggs in one day was seven.

Little Known Chicken Fact #15 ~There are more chickens in the world than there are of any other domesticated bird. In fact, there’s more than one chicken for every human on the face of this earth.

Little Known Chicken Fact #16 ~Chickens can fly, but not for long. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is only thirteen seconds.

Little Known Chicken Fact #17 ~
A chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you adjust the lighting in their cages to make them think each day is 28 hours long, instead of 24.

Little Known Chicken Fact #18 ~Chickens eggs come in colors sometimes, (other than white and brown). Some breeds lay eggs in shades of blue or green. Ready-made Easter Eggs!

Little Known Chicken Fact #19 ~The fear of chickens is called ‘Alektorophobia’.

Little Known Chicken Fact #20 ~
Laid head to claw, all the chickens consumed from KFC worldwide would circle the Earth at the equator 11 times.


  1. Chickens cannot cross breed with turkeys. Turkens (turkins) are a breed of chicken that just resembles a turkey. It is still a chicken.
    The Transylvania Naked Neck Chicken is often called Turken Chickens. Some people think it is a cross between a chicken and a turkey because of the unfeathered area on the neck. This skin turns red when exposed to the sun, further paralleling the turkey. However, the Turken Chickens are actually the result of a single gene that affects the arrangement of feather-growing tracts over the chicken’s body. It can be easily introduced into any breed. Turkens have no feathers on a broad band between the shoulders and the base of the skull. They also have a reduced number of feathers on their bodies but this is not evident until the bird is handled. This characteristic is a novel feature that does not detract from the utility of the bird.


  2. Very cool! I really enjoyed reading this. I’m always interested in new chicken facts. 🙂

    Naked Necks (turkens) do look a lot like a chicken/turkey cross. I have two, Twinkie and PeeWee, and I think they may be the smartest chooks in my flock!


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