Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 25 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
White Leghorn. The Leghorn is a common laying fowl.
Gallus gallus. Gallus bankiva is Green Jungle Fowl. Gallus domesticus is the modern domestic chicken, Gallus jungula doesn't exist!
Black Orpington. The Australorp was developed about 1910 from Black Orpingtons imported from England. The Australorp is known as the 'Boomerang Breed' for this reason as lots of Australorps were shipped back to Britain.
Soft Feathered Light Breed. Despite popular opinion the Australian Poultry Standard does not recognise the Silkie as a Bantam. Its conformation is small for a large fowl but iis weight is higher than the maximum Bantam weight.
Italy. The ancona is an Italian breed of chicken. It is mottled, but unlike most light breeds it is a poor egg layer.
Soft Feathered Heavy Breed. The Barnevelder is a Brown and Gold coloured Dutch fowl. It is renowned for its deep brown egg colour.
Meat and Cockfighting. The Old English Game was developed for Cockfighting purposes by the Romans in the 5th century ad. They are also very tasty and the British used them for meat.
Holland. The Hamburgh, contradicting its name actually originated in Holland. It is a good egg laying breed, especially the black strain. When first bought to England in the 17th century, Hamburghs were known as "Dutch every-day layers."
Meat Duck. The Muscovy is named after an old Russian Province, even though they actually came from Brazil!. It is a large meat duck and is difficult to breed due to a low fertility rate.
Goose. The Chinese is a type of Goose that is known for its prolific laying.
Soft Feathered Heavy Breed. Light and Heavy breeds are both soft feathered, meaning the feathers are fairly loose. The Australorp was developed from the Black Orpington in the 1920's.
True Bantam. The Sebright was developed in the 1860 by Sir John Sebright. It is one of the few 'True Bantams' with no large fowl counterpart.
|What is the (usually) red, fleshy part on top of a chicken's head called?||Poultry 101
Comb. There are many different types of combs. Most combs are red and they are generally larger in cockerels than hens.
|What name is given to the parasitic mite that can live in the cracks and crevices of a hen house, coming out at dusk to feed on roosting birds?||Poultry 101
Red mite. Lice live on the birds. They are small, yellowy brown creatures, usually found around the base of feathers near the vent.
Northern mite live on the birds themselves and are usually seen around the vent.
Scaly leg mite attack the bird's legs, causing the scales to lift and become crusty.
|The Poland breed of chicken is best known for what?||Poultry 101
A large crest on top of its head. Despite its name, the Poland chicken did not originate in Poland. It is more likely that the name refers to the poll (top of the head) from which the bird's impressive crest sprouts.
|What is the name given to an infected abscess sometimes found on the bottom of a chicken's foot?||Poultry 101
Bumblefoot. Bumblefoot usually presents itself as swelling on the bottom of the foot, often with a distinctive black 'core'. It is a bacterial infection which usually requires antibiotic treatment.
For digestion and egg production. Chickens need both soluble and insoluble grit. Insoluble grit goes into the gizzard to help break food down, soluble grit provides the bird with calcium for strong bones and good egg shells.