Chicken Facts


This may make you think twice before you eat another chicken.

* Chickens have pain receptors, enabling them to feel pain and distress. Just imagine their agony, then, when they endure mutilations such as having the ends of their sensitive beaks cut off with an infra-red laser – with no painkillers.

* Chickens love to play and will run, jump and sunbathe when given the chance – yet billions of them spend their entire lives in cramped sheds with less floor space than an A4 piece of paper.

* Chickens dream just like we do. They experience REM (rapid eye movement) during sleep, indicating that their minds may be wandering far from the four walls of the factory farms where they are imprisoned.

* Research suggests that chickens are cleverer than toddlers. Hens have exhibited mathematical reasoning, self-control and even structural engineering.

* They can navigate using the sun, which helps them find food and water and even know what time it is. Many chickens raised for meat or eggs, however, will never even see the sun from their dark, windowless sheds.

* Wild chickens survive for five to 11 years in their natural environment. Chickens raised for meat are often slaughtered when they’re just 41 days old – for “free-range” birds, this period increases to just 56 days old. Male chicks born into the egg industry are routinely killed as soon as they’re born.

Sadly, these intelligent, sensitive birds are subject to horrific conditions before they are slaughtered for food here in the UK. In one abattoir alone, up to 12,000 birds can be killed per hour, and that doesn’t even account for all the hens suffering in the egg industry.

These facts come from this website:


Oh No

Midnight has been found eating an egg which could mean she could start eating eggs she lays 😯😦😯.

We have eggs!

I looked in the nesting box last night and we had our first egg.   The plastic eggs were on the floor and in their place was a brownish spotty egg.  I was so amazed.  I have spent today trying to work out which chicken laid the egg.  Mum cooked the egg for breakfast and we split it into quarters and all tried some. It was lovely!

After I got back from shopping with mum and dad there was another egg in the nesting box.  We think it was Bluebell or Stripy who laid the egg.  Snowy has been laying down a lot we think she might lay an egg on the plant pot.

What else do you need

 When you have chickens it’s not just a coop and run you need. You will also need to buy some other stuff. I’m going to do a little quiz for you so can you comment your answers and I will reply. You can just guess or you can use the clues. 
Here are the clues: 

1. Something that the chickens will see each morning and bed time and will peck at.

2. The chickens lay their eggs on it and it covers the floor of the coop.

3. Something you need to help the egg have strong shells and the chickens digest their food.

4. They can run around in it when they can not be let out.

5. They sleep in.

6. They nest in it.

7. They free range in our \_\_\_\_\_\_.

8. They will die if their not \_\_\_\_\_ for.

9. They will die if their not \_\_\_\_.

10. They need a little bit of \_\_\_\_ to be trained.

How many can you guess?