The Chicken: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

We already brought you part one of this list of facts about the chicken. There are a lot of unknown facts about this extremely common animal, and a lot of them may surprise you. Here is part two of our list.

Number Eight: Mothers Talk to Their Eggs

Hens can actually communicate with their unborn chicks. The babies respond to their mothers by chirping back through the shell.

Number Seven: Extraordinary Navigating Abilities

These impressive birds can actually use the sun as a compass when they live in the wild. This ability helps them find food and water and even decipher the time of day.

Number Six: They Like Dust Baths

The animals enjoy dust baths, and use it as a form of cleaning, warding off parasites and maintaining feather quality. They cannot perform this while in factory farms and become very frustrated as a result.

Number Five: They Were Not Domesticated for Food Originally

Based on somewhat recent archaeological research, we have learned that chickens may not have been intended just for food originally. Instead, chickens in Asia were most likely first bred by humans for cockfighting.

Number Four: Chinese Silkie Chickens

These are a unique type of chicken and are known for their very dark meat. It’s due to a genetic condition which affects the pigment cells and makes the bones, skin, and organs turn either black or a dark blue color.

Number Three: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

It seems that this famous question has an answer as of 2010. Scientists came up with a protein necessary for healthy eggs. This protein is impossible without the existence of a chicken, so it’s been concluded that the chicken came first.

Number Two: Tonic Immobility

These birds can get hypnotized when very afraid. When the animal thinks it’s about to die, it enters a catatonic state and freezes up completely, losing all mobility.

Number One: They are Surprisingly Resilient

If you don’t think chickens are that impressive, it may change your mind to learn that research has proven that they survive 90 percent of attacks from predators while living in the wild. We hope you found part two of this list interesting.