Since The Egg Show competition took place on February 24 and Chick Days happened on March 3, I thought I would write an article filled with cool chicken facts this month.
Chick Days is something our poultry project does every year at Oakhurst Feed. All the poultry members come and answer any chicken-related questions the public may have if they are thinking about raising chickens. If you didn’t make it to this year’s event, Mountain Feed & Nursery in Coarsegold brought out their opening batch of chickens the last weekend of February.
So, without further ado, here are a few interesting chicken facts:
● A hen must incubate her eggs for 21 days in order for them to hatch.
● While the chick is in the egg, things develop quickly. During the first two days of incubation, the chick develops a brain eyes, a heartbeat and blood vessels.
● At the end of the first week of incubation, the embryo has a head, body, tiny wings and legs.
● A chick develops in the egg at 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
● Hens eat their own raw eggs if they are not satisfied with their diet.
● A mother hen turns her egg around 50 times a day.
● A freshly laid eggs temperature is 105 degrees fahrenheit.
● A chicken’s heart beats more than 300 times a minute.
● The waste made by a chicken in it’s lifetime can make enough energy to run a 100 watt bulb for 5 hours.
● Chickens have more bones in their neck than giraffes.
● All the chicken eaten at kfc worldwide would circle the world’s equator 11 times.
● Chickens lose their feathers when they are stressed.
● In ancient rome, saying ‘ you were raised by a hen’ was a compliment.
● There are approximately 175 varieties of chickens .
● A hen can lay around 300 eggs a year.
● Female chickens are called pullets until they start laying eggs.
● Chickens have full color vision.
● There were over 19 billion chickens in the world in 2011.
● There are 25 billion chickens in the world- way more chickens in the world than humans.
● The fear of chickens is called Alektorophobia.
● Chickens are the closest living relatives to the T Rex.
Favorite foods day was on January 20, at Minarets High School. Our chapter did very well at this year’s competition.
Sara Lynch medaled Gold in the Breads category.
Kiden Lynch medaled Bronze in the Made from mix category and she also medaled Gold in the intermediate division of Kitchen Showmanship.
Aiden Lynch medaled Bronze in the salad category.
Makayla Beckstead medaled Silver in the intermediate division of Consumer Science.
Abigail LeSpada medaled Gold in the intermediate division of Consumer Science.
I medaled Silver in the senior division of Consumer Science.
Summer camp at Camp Keola is June 11th -16th.
Large animal expo is also coming up on March 25th at 9:30 am at the Madera County Fairgrounds.
Community Pride: We are collecting items for physical therapy patients and their families at the Valley Childrens Hospital.
Sewing:We are working on our individual projects for Fashion Revenue and have scheduled our own meetings with our leader.
Llama: We attended the HOBO show in Turlock and Makayla Beckstead took (3) 5th place ribbons in performances classes and Grand Champion in Halter with Harley, her llama.
Swine : We are studying for Large animal expo. Meeting date to be discussed.
Our leader is Pat Strimling and if you would like to join our 4-H you can call her at 559-683-5149. Anyone can join! You don’t have to be a student at Coarsegold Elementary school to be a member of Coarsegold 4-H, you can live anywhere in madera County as long as you can come to our meetings. Our group meetings are at 7pm every 2nd Thursday of the month at the Coarsegold Community Center.
4-H Statement: Madera County Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 year’s old or who have completed 3rd grade and up to 19 year’s of age. Mini members accepted from age 7 in select projects. All youth and adults in madera county are invited to participate in the 4-H program regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, mental or physical handicap.
Keiana Cramblett is the Club Reporter for Coarsegold 4H