Top ten facts about chickens

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1. There are an estimated 25 billion chickens in the world which is 3.5 for every human and is thought to be more than any other bird species. 

2. In Gainesville, Georgia, the “Poultry Capital of the World”, it is illegal to eat fried chicken in any way other than with your fingers.

3. In 2004, the chicken became the first bird to have its genome sequenced.

4. The only reference to chickens in the King James Bible is in Matthew 23:37, though Luke 13:34 mentions a hen.

5. The only hen or chicken in the Old Testament is Hen, the son of Zephaniah in Zechariah 6:14.

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In Gainesville, Georgia, it is illegal to eat fried chicken in any way other than with your fingers

6. The average domestic laying hen lays 255 eggs per year.

7. The Chicken Dance (also known as the Birdie Song) was composed by accordionist Werner Thomas of Davos, Switzerland around 1960.

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In 2004, the chicken became the first bird to have its genome sequenced

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The correct word for a fear of chickens is ‘alektorophobia’

8. It was number 2 in the UK charts in 1981 and in 2000 was voted “most annoying song of all time”.

9. Research has shown that a chicken can learn to recognise the faces of over 100 individuals.

10. The correct word for a fear of chickens is “alektorophobia”.

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