A chicken once had its head cut off
and survived for over eighteen months, headless. A chicken loses its
feathers when it becomes stressed. Hens will produce larger eggs as
they grow older.
In the U.S., approximately 46% of the chicken that is eaten by
people comes from restaurants or other food outlets. The largest
chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound and had a double yolk and
To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed.
In their natural environment, chickens are very active birds. They
like to scratch at the ground, walk, run, fly, explore and search
for food. Chickens like to keep themselves well groomed by taking
"dust baths." When chickens "dust bathe" they flutter sand or other
fine materials through their feathers to keep them fluffy and clean.
Hens are very devoted mothers and courageous defenders of their
young. There was once a mother hen who would "baby-sit" a group of
kittens. The hen was very protective of the kittens and even when
they were old enough to run and play, the hen still followed them
around, fussing at them as if they were her chicks.
Did you know?
African heart-nosed bats can have
such a keen sense of sound that they can hear the footsteps of a
beetle walking on sand from six feet away. Bats always turn left
when exiting a cave. Bats emit ultrasonic sounds to communicate
with each other. Bats sleep during the day and feed at night.
The place that bats sleep in is called the "roost."
Frog-eating bats identify edible frogs from poisonous ones by
listening to the mating calls of male frogs. Frogs counter this
by hiding and using short, difficult to locate calls. Giant
flying foxes, which are a type of bat, that live in Indonesia
have wingspans of nearly six feet. Vampire bat saliva has been
responsible for many advances in research into stroke recovery.
Summer 2006 at Round Hill
Did you know?
Pigs are one of the most intelligent
animals on earth. In fact, pigs are considered to be even smarter
than dogs. They are also very friendly and enjoy being scratched and
stroked behind their ears and shoulders. By 2 to 3 weeks of age,
they learn to respond when they are called. Pigs are very curious,
and they immediately investigate any new objects they see. They love
to play with balls, old tires, and other toys. When pigs sleep, they
like to cuddle close together and groom each other. Wild pigs can
also run fast and swim. Many people think that pigs are messy
because they like to wallow in mud. However, the truth is that pigs
are very clean animals. They keep the area where they live clean,
and they teach their piglets to keep clean too. Because pigs don't
sweat like people do, they use mud to cool themselves and to protect
their skin (which is a lot like ours) from sun and insects.
Did you know?
Sheep are also like cows in some ways.
Sheep and cows have good memories. Both are able to remember
experiences for as long as three years. Cows, sheep and Ruminants
are animals who have stomachs with three or four chambers. Cows have
a stomach with four chambers and sheep and goats have three
chambers. These chambers all serve a specific purpose in the process
of digesting the grass and the plant fibers or cellulose in these
foods. Ruminant animals quickly swallow and store their food, and
are able to bring it back up to be chewed more thoroughly later.
This is called chewing their cud. Sheep grow a thick coat or soft
wool which keeps them warm and dry. Lambs also have very close
relationships with their mothers. Lambs can also get very attached
to people. In fact, if a farmer hangs a shirt on a clothesline -
when the lambs get scared, they will run to it for protection! Sheep
also have unusual eyesight. They can see things behind them because
their eyes are close to the back of their heads.