Archive for the ‘Weird chicken stuff’ Category

Chickens Reduce Malaria Risk


Yet another great reason to love chickens! The next time you’re in Ethiopia, sleep with a chicken to reduce your risk of getting bitten by the malaria-carrying mosquito!

Chicken Hitch-Hiker!


One day Zag the chicken decides to roost in an odd place, and, like Mary’s little lamb… makes it to school! Then it becomes a habit. Read more here. 

 

Classical Music Leads to More Eggs


We all knew that Mozart produces eggheads, but how about eggs!? Classical music can increase hens’ productivity, according to a farmer in the UK. Classicalight* covers the story here. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA*Home to Roost had credited Louise Burton with writing this story; please accept our apologies, as the author was Brick Dozer.

 

Tinsel the Bear Chooses Plucky Denmates


Apparently humans aren’t the only chicken fanciers. A baby bear was recently found hiding out in a chicken coop in British Columbia. For more information, check out the link!

Rooster Saved from Drowning by Young Farmer


A feathered contestant at the Kenosha County Fair was saved from drowning in his bathwater by his owner. Frank the rooster took in some water while getting cleaned up for the big event. Frank’s owner performed CPR on the bird. Frank paid him back by winning a red ribbon. Read the story here. 

As for bathing chickens, they’re generally not fond of it.

Hen lays monster egg in China


All right, this just HURTS!

Check out this video of a HUGE egg laid by a Chinese hen.

As to the comment about rice being the cause of the monster egg, that wouldn’t cause the monster egg. It looks like a formed egg got stuck in the shell gland and was shelled again, along with 2 fully formed yolks. Enjoy!

 

Mike the Headless Chicken


Mike the Headless Chicken

In 1945 a farmer butchered a chicken – but left the brain stem intact. Mike the Headless Chicken lived for 18 months without a head. Weird science.

CNN has a photo gallery; more details on Mike found here.

Egg Within an Egg?


A video link showing a man cracking open an egg, only to find another egg inside has been floating around the internet. It has been the subject of much virtual debate: Is the video a hoax, or is this a possible occurrence?

This is a possible occurrence. The same chain of events that causes internal laying, (that is, a fully shelled egg works its way UP the oviduct, rather than down and out) causes a shelled egg to re-enter the shell gland and receive a second shell. This super-sized egg is then passed out of the body.

For more on this, check out this video.

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New Way to Separate an Egg Yolk


Feeling frustrated with the old trick of separating yolk  from white by using the egg shell? Check out this trick!

Columbia College, Chicago, Professor Makes Documentary About His Chickens


Jeff Spitz, film professor at Columbia College, lives in Northbrook, IL, and his newest project, Food Patriots, is a 90-minute documentary on his family’s experience with chickens. The film will be aired on PBS this year. Read more about the project here.