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Is it true that there are more chickens in the world than there are people?

Yes, chickens outnumber humans. In fact, chickens are the world's most populous birds. With a population of more than 24 billion in 2003, there are more chickens than humans on Earth!

By a large margin, the country with the most chickens is China. In 2002, almost four billion chickens resided in China. Coincidence or not, China also has the most people.

More fun facts about chickens:

A chicken can travel up to 9 miles per hour when it wants to.

The largest ever recorded chicken egg weighed nearly 12 ounces, and measured 12.25 inches around.

Chicken language has real meanings. The birds give different alarm calls depending on which type of predator is threatening them.

Chickens can cross breed with turkeys. The result is called a 'Turkin'.

There are four cities in the United States that have the word "chicken" in their name: Chicken, Alaska; Chicken Bristle, Illinois; Chicken Bristle, Kentucky; and Chicken Town, Pennsylvania.

The greatest number of yolks ever found in a single chicken egg was nine!

Chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

The chicken is the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex.

In Gainesville, Georgia, (the chicken capital of the world), a local ordinance makes it illegal to eat your chicken with a fork.

The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100 watt bulb for five hours.

The longest recorded distance flown by any chicken was 301.5 feet.

The record for laying the most eggs in one day was seven.

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