Some Chicken Facts
A common misconception; hens do not need a cockeral to lay an egg, only to fertilise one.
- A chicken is called a pullet until it is a year old; when they reach a year old they become hens.
- Pullets start laying eggs at about six months old.
- Chickens live approximately eight to ten years depending on their enviroment.
- There are more chickens in the world then people.
- Cockerels don’t just crow at dawn, they crow all day long.
- Chickens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs and those with white ear lobes lay white eggs.
- A chicken can lay more than 600 eggs in her first two years.
- Eggshells have a natural outer coating that keeps bacteria out.
- Straw is the best kind of litter for the coop.
- You can encourage hens to lay eggs in the nest box by placing a golf ball or plastic egg in the nest.
- Chickens need 14-16 hours of light each day in order to lay.