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September 16, 2014

Why didn't you guys tell me that September is National Chicken Month?!

Chickens are much smarter than most people think.  They
can distinguish between over 100 different faces of their own species.

Over 452 million laying hens provide
the eggs we consume each year.

Chickens aren't color blind - they have full-color vision.

Given enough room, chickens like to run, jump
and play.  They enjoy sunbathing.  It's true.

Chicken are capable of forming complex social structures
known as "pecking orders" and every chicken knows his
or her place on the social ladder.

Chickens experience rapid eye movement (REM)
sleep which means they dream just like we do.

Chickens have more than 30 vocalizations to distinguish between threats. 

A mother hen begins to teach calls to her chicks before they even hatch.


Special thanks to PETA for today's interesting facts about
chickens.  They really do deserve their own special month.


  1. Several of my blog friends have chickens and I adore their stories of what the chickens get up to.
    What a hoot !

    cheers, parsnip

  2. Well, who knew they were this smart!!!! I used to gather eggs (my Mom tells me) when I was around 4 on their farm. I would gather them up in my skirt.

  3. Today's post reminded me of my mom's chicken coop. thanks for sharing.

  4. This is so interesting, you make want to get some chickens but I don't think I would be allowed.
    Some of them are so cute and your illustrations are great.


  5. (From your cousin, Deb). Jan, my three little backyard hens are soo charming, full of personality, and fun! And they are named for your Dad's three sisters! (Dixie Jane, Delta Faye, and Verna Pearl!)