I am a creature of habit when it comes to food and once something is in my conscious mind I tend to over eat it. The rooster chicken over the holidays, that almost decapitated my toe, must have left a great impression. Purple toe and all.
I've always been a curious person, so naturally I wanted to know more about chickens. I started a little bit of research.
Poultry meat can be very bland if you don't season or marinate it properly. It gets very dry and stringy when overcooked.
But let me tell you! there is nothing bland or dry about these chickens. During this little research about Ms. Gallus Domesticus, I was amused.
I can't say I am a chicken aficionado after a few hours on the Internet but I certainly know more about chickens than before.
Fun Chicken Facts:
- "Gallus Domesticus" is the Latin word for chicken. Sounds like a gay character on "Spartacus."
- The largest ever recorded chicken egg weight 12 ounces and measured 12.25 inches around. I am pretty sure that's the chicken that grew up to be the one that mangled my toe.
- There are more chickens on earth than there are humans.
- Chickens are the closest living relative of the T-Rex.
- The greatest number of yolks ever found in a single chicken egg is nine. Take that! Octo-mom.
- Hens will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you adjust the lighting in their cages to make them think each day is 28 hours long instead of 24. This sounds like men! My female friends will agree, provided that men be caged and that they carry babies instead.
- "Alektorophobia" is the term for fear of chickens.
- A hen lives an average of 5-7 years, but can live up to 20 years. She'll lay eggs her entire life, with productions decreasing every year.
- There are 25 billion chickens on earth.
- There are over 3 billion chickens in china.
- A chicken loses its feathers when stressed. I ruffle feathers when I'm stressed.
- It takes 21 days for a chicken to hatch.
- Hooters restaurants sell 30 million pounds of chicken wings a year. 30 million wives gets agitated every day by their husbands.
- The average hen lays 300 eggs a year.
- Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older. Men produce larger egos as they grow older.
- There is no nutritional difference between-white and brown-shelled eggs. Racism doesn't exist in the chicken world.
- A fresh egg will sink in water, a stale egg will float.
- White eggs are only produced by hens with white feathers and white earlobes. Brown eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. Sounds like politics. Only, ruled by men.
- Brown eggs costs more because brown egg layers requires more food.
- A chicken is 75 % water. You have no excuse in drying it out!
Make a great chicken dish!