Did you know...
- A group of chickens is known as a flock, brood or peep.
- Australorps hold the world record for egg production, with one hen laying 364 eggs in 365 days under official Australian trapnest testing.
- Which came first -- the chicken or the egg? Scientists say that reptiles were laying eggs thousands of years before chickens appeared and the first chicken came from an egg laid by a bird that was not quite a chicken. According to that logic, the egg came first.
- Camilla is the female chicken that is Gonzo's love interest on The Muppet Show.
- “A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg." ~ Samuel Butler
- ‘Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side’ is a well known riddle. The joke is reportedly codified into law in Quitman, Georgia in the US, whereby an ordinance prohibits chickens from crossing the road.
- The "Chicken Dance" is an oom-pah song composed by Swiss accordion player Werner Thomas in the 1950s.
Geographical Region: Australasia
We have five hens named Mavis, Lotti, Agnes, Ethel and Vera, who can be found in the contact area in the Children's Zoo.
Chickens in a flock establish a "pecking order," with dominant individuals having priority for access to food and nesting locations. The other hens often pick on Lotti as she is at the bottom of the ‘pecking order’ but our zookeeper’s consider her the best mother and egg layer (she even laid an egg in a visitor’s pram once!)
Distribution & Habitat
Australorp chickens are originally from Australia but are now found worldwide. With a population of more than 24 billion, there are more chickens in the world than any other domesticated bird.
Description & Behaviour
Australorps are a very calm and friendly bird. Their plumage is black with lustrous green sheen but their skin is white. They will lay approximately 250 light brown eggs a year.
They eat seed, pellets, fruit and vegetables.