Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Known as a causality dilemma, this question was first posed as a philosophical matter in the 1st century by Plutarch, a Greek biographer and essayist. Debated for centuries since, there is no answer – sorry to disappoint – but what we do have is far more satisfying. In a complete swing from the philosophical to the trivial, here are 15 fun facts about our favourite fowl, courtesy of The Fact Site.
- There are more chickens on earth than people – 25 billion. There are also more chickens than any other bird species.
- Chickens can remember over 100 different faces of people or animals.
- A mother hen turns her eggs about 50 times per day and can lay more than 300 eggs per year.
- Mother hens talk to their chicks while they’re still in the eggs, and the chicks can chirp back while in the shell.
- Chickens have their own unique language with over 30 different sounds used to communicate.
- The record number of eggs laid by a chicken in one day is seven. The record number for eggs laid by a chicken in one year is 371.
- The earliest known printing of “Why did the chicken cross the road?” was in 1847 in a New York Magazine.
- The record for most egg yolks in one egg is nine yolks.
- The largest chicken egg ever recorded weighed 340 grams and contained two yolks.
- Chickens have prehistoric roots and are the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Chickens bodies contain 15% more water than humans.
- The fear of chickens is called Alektorophobia.
- It only takes about 26 hours for a hen to produce an egg, and 21 days for the egg to incubate and hatch.
- The longest recorded chicken to live was named Matilda, who lived to be 16 years old, which is over twice as long as an average chicken lifespan.
- If chickens listen to classical music, they can lay bigger and heavier eggs.
Now weren’t those fun facts far more satisfying than the chicken/egg conundrum? And who knew how motivating classical music could be?!
Also satisfying is the wide range of high-quality poultry products available from N1 – from fillets, wings, thighs and drumsticks to kebabs, crumbed schnitzel, pops and strips. So, for the best quality meat Cape Town and Johannesburg have to offer, be sure to call N1 today!