Sep 02 2011
Yesterday was a day of celebrating sweetness, as September 1 kicked off National Honey Month. But, September isn’t just a month to celebrate honey – it’s also the month of the chicken! Yep, September is National Chicken Month!
This month wasn’t just chosen willy-nilly, or had the “Chicken Month” label slapped on it with little thought at all. Nope, September is National Chicken Month for a reason. The National Chicken Council (we’re talking the U.S. here but I’m going to adopt Chicken Month for us Canucks too,) noticed that September generally saw a decline in chicken sales, as people flicked off their barbecues for the last time and put out the flame until next year. (I guess chicken’s a popular-enough barbecue item that some won’t eat it any other way.) So, to keep the chick’s popularity up and to give us reason to celebrate (and eat) it, they’ve given us National Chicken Month. And to kick it all off, I’m going to give you some funky chicken facts:
- More chickens live on Earth than people.
- Chickens can run as fast as 9 miles an hour.
- The chicken capital of the world is Gainesville, Georgia, USA. Here it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork and yes, they have arrested someone for committing the crime.
- A hen lays about 300 eggs every year.
- A mother hen turns her eggs about 50 times every day. She has to do this so that the yoke inside does not get stuck to the inside of the shell.
- Chickens have a slightly higher body temperature than humans; theirs sits at about 102 or 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
- A chicken’s heart rate lies somewhere around 280 – 315 times every minute.
- Chickens can fly for very brief periods of time. They are not capable of sustained flight.
- It takes a hen about 24 – 26 hours to lay one egg.
- After the hen lays the egg, it then takes about 21 days to hatch.
- An egg starts developing into a chicken when it reaches 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Canadians and Americans each eat about 8 billion chickens every year.
- Think chickens only lay white or brown eggs? They can lay eggs of just about any colour – even pink and blue!
- If you have a fear of chickens, you have a case of alektorophobia.
So there ya have it! Just a few funky facts, and a few good reasons, why the National Chicken Council thinks that we should spend this month celebrating the chicken! Oh and by the way, the NCC aren’t the only ones who have dedicated this month to the chick – PETA has also come out with their own version of Chicken Month. They call their campaign “Give a Cluck – Chuck the Chicken!”