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Facts about Chickens

I love having backyard chickens. I currently have two laying hens because in the city you need a permit to have more than two. I don’t want to go through the process to get a permit. Plus, two chickens make enough poop for me to clean up.

cute chicken/hen

My favorite chick

A few fun fast facts about chickens to help you decide if you too want to join the awesome group of keeping chickens.

  • Hens do not crow. Only Rooster’s crow and that is why people are not allowed to keep Roosters within city limits.
  • Chickens do not smell. If there is a smell it is most likely from lack of cleaning their coop.
  • Chickens can half fly. They kind of take a running leap into the air and they can get over my 6 foot fence without having the wings clipped. They never have left the fence, but they could if they tried.
  • Chickens like people and they do not bite. At times I have been pecked on the foot, but it isn’t a big deal.
  • After a hen has laid an egg she will make it known by clucking in a high pitch tone around the coop for 10 minutes or so.
  • Chickens love to eat veggies and fruit. My little ladies would eat strawberries all day long if they could.
  • My hens cuddle with each other at night.
  • Keeping chickens is good for teaching your children about animals, science and health.
  • You can be “Greener” by giving your chickens leftovers from your meals; as long as there is no meat in the leftovers.
  • The chicken poop is great for gardens.
  • This fact about chickens is sort of funny, but they like to sleep in your lap!
  • Chickens are wonderful at bug control in your backyard.
  • I was surprised to see that bunnies like to hang out near the hens. Not a great visitor for my garden, but the kids liked the bunnies.
  • A BIG bag of feed for the chickens costs us $14.00 at Fleet Farm. It will last a couple of months.
  • Fresh chicken eggs are amazing!
  • A hen will lay one egg every 24 hours. Sometimes.
  • You don’t need a lot of space to keep chickens.
  • It’s a really fun hobby for a whole family.
  • It doesn’t have to cost much to make a coop for the hens.
  • Backyard chicken keepers are super cool people.