Pets & Animals | 26 August 2016Chicken Trivia! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest How well do you know chickens? Is your poultry terminology egg-cellent? In their book How to Build Chicken Coops, authors Samantha Johnson and Daniel Johnson guide readers through the step-by-step process of planning for and creating customized coops for your flock of chickens AND they answer all the questions first-time (and experienced) chicken owners ask. Here, they touch on some fundamental terminology—along with some tongue-in-cheek trivia—about chickens. Whether your coop is small and charming or large and elaborate, the basic needs of your flock must be met. From choosing the right wire for the runs to making sure there’s enough ventilation, there are many decisions to make when constructing your own coop. Photo credit: Daniel Johnson and Samantha Johnson / How to Build Chicken Coops CHICKEN TRIVIA How many eggs can one hen lay? While the figure varies among breeds, the average hen can lay approximately 300 eggs per year. How many chickens are there in the world? There are more chickens in the world than people—some sources say over 20 billion chickens worldwide. Are chickens carnivores, omnivores, or herbivores? Chickens are omnivores. Is egg color related to the color of the hen’s earlobes? Generally speaking, yes; but exceptions do occur. (Did you know chickens have earlobes?) Why did the chicken cross the road? Sorry, we don’t know, but we think she was in a hurry to get home to read this book! Chickens are a great family project, and building a coop together can be very satisfying. Photo credit: Daniel Johnson and Samantha Johnson / How to Build Chicken Coops Why do roosters dance? Because they don’t know how to sing. Seriously, they perform a little dance for their hens called “tidbitting.” If a rooster lays an egg on the roof of the chicken coop, which direction will it fall? Down. Ha! (Yes, we know roosters can’t lay eggs.) Why do chickens like to roll around in the dirt? Chickens take dust baths to clean themselves; the dust helps to eliminate external parasites. Photo credit: Daniel Johnson and Samantha Johnson / How to Build Chicken Coops CHICKEN LINGO Chick: a baby chicken Hen: an adult female chicken Rooster or cock: an adult male chicken Pullet: a young female chicken that hasn’t started laying eggs Cockerel: a young male chicken Bantam: a smaller variety of chicken Broody: the term for a hen that is interested in hatching a clutch of eggs Coop: the structure in which chickens are housed (but you already knew that, right?) Flock: a group of chickens Free-range: the term for the act of allowing chickens to roam and forage at will outside of a coop or fenced-in run Perch: another term for “roost” Nest box: the portion of the coop in which the hens lay eggs Roost: wooden poles on which chickens can rest Run: a large enclosed area where chickens can exercise Egg: what baby chicks hatch from and a great breakfast food Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: About How to Build Chicken Coops: Plan, customize, and build the perfect home for your flock, brood, or clutch. Backed by the National FFA Organization, our acclaimed series of How to Raise guides has helped countless first-time animal owners confidently care for their new companions. How to Build Chicken Coops provides complete, thorough, and easy-to-follow instructions on building a coop. More importantly, it provides answers—so chicken owners don’t have to waste time searching online for advice. If you are involved in the FFA, interested in starting an urban or suburban hobby farm at home, or just curious about the country living or urban farming lifestyle, raising chickens is a great way to get started without a substantial investment of time or money. Building your own coop allows you to customize it to meet your needs—and it will save you money too! How to Build Chicken Coops is not just a collection of plans, but a compendium of the background and insider information for chicken owners. How much space will you need? What is dust bathing? How many nest boxes and windows will your coop need? How much will it cost? What steps do you need to take to keep your chickens safe from predators? All of these questions, and many more, are answered in How to Build Chicken Coops. This book takes the guesswork out of building a coop that’s just right for your flock of chickens. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.