Farm Facts About Chickens in Illinois Farm Facts About Chickens in Illinois

Farm Facts: Chickens

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Backyard chickens may be growing in popularity, but did you know they account for less than 1 percent of laying hens? Read on for more fun facts about chickens and eggs, though we still can’t tell you which came first.

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Day-old chicks are kept under a heat lamp at Dennis and JoAnn Dickman's farm in Herscher, IL. According to the Dickmans, the pastured chickens mature faster a bigger than normal store-bought chickens.

Laying hen (n.): A female chicken raised to lay eggs

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