There is more to chickens than what many people realise. They can actually recognise and distinguish between over one hundred faces of other chickens. So, they do have an impressive memory, at least when it comes to their own kind! And while some animals have black and white vision, chickens and roosters are able to see in full color, which means that they are able to register all the different colors of each other’s feathers.
This is great, because it would have been such a waste with all those beautiful colors otherwise, especially that strong beautiful red color that we see in their combs. (As you probably already know, both hens and roosters have combs, although they are more pronounced among the roosters).
Chickens also dream when they sleep if we are to draw that conclusion from the fact that they also experience rapid eye movement when they sleep. REM sleep (rapid eye movement) is the time of the night when also humans dream. Perhaps they are more visionary and aware than we realise, because they also do feel pain. Chickens have pain receptors which means that they can experience both pain and distress.
With this in mind we need to be respectful of chickens, roosters and hens and be discerning customers that choose only to buy eggs and chicken products that come from responsible sources. To read more about chickens get on ouremail marketing list and be informed of upcoming blog posts, offers and promotions. We aim to please and entertain you!
To continue our previous blog post that was very popular amongst our readers, we start with stating the obvious: chickens are adorable! It is not a fun fact you didn’t know, but it is worth mentioning anyways. Did you know that chickens have over different 30 types of sounds that they use to alarm each other of different threats? It may sound like they are all just clucking and cheeping, but they have a nuanced language that is a lot more intricate than we think. They also talk to their babies in the womb and the mothers teach their little ones the different sounds before they enter the world.
Another interesting fact about the chickens is that they are very aware of who the boss is in the crowd. You might have heard of the term “pecking orders” and that refers to the social hierarchy of the chickens, which is quite complex. These beautiful animals also like to sunbathe, just like we do and many of our pets at home, like dogs and cats. It seems that we all agree on the healing and soothing properties of the radiant sun.
If you have a company selling eggs or other chicken related products you can use a marketing automation software like Apsis to share some of these interesting facts with your customers. It is always great with a quick fact that you can share with friends and family. Let’s share the word about these incredible creatures that are more capable than we think.
A chicken hatchery is a great venture for budding entrepreneurs. Hatcheries offer reliable profits and a quick return on your investment. You don’t have to have much equipment to get started and you’ll find that the best way to gain experience is as you go.
Step One: Research How to Start Your Own Chicken Hatchery
Did you know that cleaning your eggs will prevent them from hatching? Do you know which side of the egg should be pointed up to protect the embryo inside? With a little bit of research, you should have no problem earning a profit from your chicken hatchery.
Step Two: Prepare a Business Plan
Nearly every successful business begins with a sound financial plan. You’ll need to balance your startup funds against the price of equipment and chicken. If you’re hoping to get funding from a bank or other lender, you’ll want to have a business plan that details how many birds you intend to handle and how you plan to repay the loan. Include a description of your business, the products you’ll sell, how you intend to market the chicks, a detailed description of operations and your financial expectations.
Step Three: Gather the Equipment
Before you can get started, you’ll need some egg incubators and brooders. The egg incubators are used to keep the eggs warm as the chicks prepare to hatch. The brooders keep the newly hatched chicks warm. It’s important to have an indoor space prepared for this equipment. You’ll want to have some way to maintain consistent temperature and humidity levels in that room.
Step Four: Select the Parent Flock
The parents of your flock will produce the eggs that your business needs for success. You’ll want to carefully choose a hardy breed and prepare an area to care for the parent flock and any young birds that weren’t sold as chicks.
Once you’ve done your homework, invested in some equipment and purchased your parent flock, you’re ready to start incubating some eggs. Best wishes!