September is National Chicken Month!
Although officially promoted for the past two decades by the National Chicken Council and major chicken producers in the U.S. to promote chicken sales after the summer grilling season, it is also an opportunity to celebrate our flocks and raising healthier and happier birds!
Interesting chicken facts:
- There are over 25 billion chickens in the world. They outnumber all other species of birds and they even out number humans by a ration of about 3 to 1.
- Chickens are one of only a few living creatures that can trace their ancestry to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Chickens can’t fly very well, however they can run up to nine miles an hour!
- The longest recorded distance flown by a chicken was 301.5 feet and the longest flight was thirteen seconds.
- Chickens are highly inquisitive and are considered by many to be as smart as dogs and cats.
- Chickens have an extremely diverse set of calls they use to communicate with each other. The dominant male will make a particular sound when he finds food and if a predator is approaching, a different call is used, telling the other birds not only what type of predator it is but whether it is flying, walking, or hiding.
- The color of a chicken’s earlobe often determines what color their eggs will be. Rhode Island Reds lay reddish brown eggs while Ameraucanas lay eggs with a greenish-blue hue. Colored eggs take on their tinge during the last five hours of shell formation.
- The hen’s diet dictates what color her yolks will be. The carotenoids found in corn or grass make her yolks yellow; if she eats more red peppers and naturally red fruits and vegetables, her yolks will be more golden.
- A hen lays between 280 to 300 eggs a year depending on their breed!
- To produce a dozen eggs, a hen must eat about four pounds of food. As omnivores, chickens love to eat bugs and seeds as well as mice and lizards. They can taste salt but can’t detect sweetness in their food.
- Chickens are extremely playful. They love to run, jump, and spar as well as watch television and listen to music. They often have individual preferences about the style of music and types of shows they enjoy too.
- In addition to being playful, chickens are empathetic. A mother hen will cluck to her chicks within their shells and they will chirp back to her. Once they are born, hens spread their wings over their chicks to protect them from weather and nearby predators.
- Chickens have an incredible memory! They can remember and recognize more than 100 other chickens and can even learn from others examples.
- Chicken waste is some of the best fertilizer available. Not only that, the waste produced by one chicken could supply enough electricity to run a 100-watt light bulb for five straight hours.
To help our community celebrate, we are offering a great special on our Chick Fresh Odor Control product. Buy 2 bottles of our 32 oz Ready to Use Spray and get a 4 oz concentrate free! The concentrate makes 5 spray bottles! Get all for $25 plus free shipping! Bought separately this package would cost $48.91 plus shipping.
Get your special here: https://coopcare.com/products/chick-fresh-special-free-shipping
Not familiar with our Chick Fresh?
Don't get stuck with a smelly coop again!
Not only will you eliminate the horrible odor, but you will also provide a healthier environment for you and your chickens with just a few sprays a day.
Not only can you use this is your coop, but you can also use this in your cat's litter box, cages, nests, carpets, or furniture.
Instructions for use:
1. Shake then spray
2. Mist area until damp (reduces dust too) No need to remove animals while spraying
Coops: Spray daily around coop floor where litter and odors develop. Periodically removing litter will help. Also spray the walls, nests, roosting areas and around their yard, especially around wetter damp areas.
Other animals: Spray generously to floor, cage or pans before bedding is added. Remove urine soaked bedding and manure daily then mist the bedding and walls. Focus on urine soaked areas. Allow a couple of days with good ventilation to work in more difficult or smelly areas.