Science Fair Project: Chickens

  • a chick takes 21 days to hatch
  • a chick hatches through the egg with a beak tooth, which it loses soon after hatching
  • a chickens' body temperature normally runs at about 102-103 degrees Fahrenheit
  • it takes a hen 24-26 hours to make an egg
  • a hen lives an average of 5-7 years, but can live up to 20!!!
  • you dont need a rooster for hens to lay eggs, but the eggs won't be fertile without one
  • there are over 150 different varieties of domestic chickens!
  • a chickens stomach uses grit (pebbles and dirt) to digest their food
  • a hens' egg-making system and food-digesting system are one, and they both lay eggs and release body waste through the same vent
  • chicken manure is supposed to be the best fertilizer!

Want more info on chickens??? Go to Our Chicken Page and Back Yard

Personal Notes
  • All of our backyard chickens have their own personalities.
  • Chickens have their own language: Their different calls are used in different situations.
  • We can tell the difference between each of our chickens by their feathers, combs, coloring and personalities.
  • The chickens make pretty good pets. We consider ours mostly pets that lay eggs.
  • They lay eggs that taste better than the store-bought ones (not to mention that they are a couple weeks fresher).
  • Chickens have their own routines, which makes them easier to care for.

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