Chicken Facts!

  • A chicken's body temperature normally runs at 102-103 degrees F.

  • A chicken's heart beats 280-315 times a minute.

  • It takes a hen 24-26 hours to lay an egg.

  • A chicken takes 21 days to hatch.

  • Americans consume 8 billion chickens a year.

  • There are over 150 varieties of domestic chickens.

  • Chickens were domesticated about 8,000 years ago.

  • A rooster takes 18-20 breaths a minute, a hen 30-35.

  • Chickens lay different colored eggs.  They can be white, brown, green, pink or blue.  It depends on the type of chicken.

  • In 1925, hens laid an average of 100 eggs a year. In 1979, The World Record was set by a White Leghorn who laid 371 eggs in 365 days!!

  • A hen lives an average of 5-7 years, but can live up to 20 years! She'll lay eggs her entire life, with production decreasing every year from year one.

  • An egg starts growing in a chick when it reaches a temperature of 86 degrees.


Pumpkin Facts!

  • Pumpkins are fruits.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs, and took 6 hours to bake.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.
  • Pumpkins can be used to feed animals.
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America.
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • Colonists sliced off pumpkin tips; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices, and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.

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Corny Facts!

  • An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows.
  • In the U.S., corn production measures more than 2 times that of any other crop.
  • Corn is America's number one field crop.
  • Corn is used in many different types of animal feed. Check out your dog food bag…it may have corn in it.
  • Corn is a major component in many food items: such as cereals, peanut butter, snack items, and soft drinks.
  • Corn is used to produce fuel alcohol. Fuel alcohol helps gasoline burn cleaner, reducing air pollution, without polluting our water.