Essay about Chicken Hatching

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Chicken Hatching

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Some facts about chickens A chicken is a bird. One of the features that differentiate it from most other birds is that it has a comb and two wattles. The comb is the red appendage atop the head, and the wattles are the two appendages under the chin. These are secondary sexual characteristics and are much more prominent in the male. The comb is the basis of the Latin name or classification of chickens. In Latin, gallus means comb, and the domestic chicken is Gallus domesticus. The Red Jungle Fowl, ancestor of most domestic chickens, is Gallus bankiva.
There are eight recognized kinds of combs: single, rose, pea, cushion, buttercup, strawberry, V-shaped, and
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layers (million) 270 265 260 258 250
No. eggs (billion) 70.6 74.2 74.0 73.9 73.7
Broilers (billion) 6.4 6.8 7.0 7.3 7.5
Turkeys (million) 269 287 289 293 297

Information on Eggs
Value of eggs
Food prices continue to climb, particularly for high-protein foods, and consumers are constantly searching for ways to reduce their food bill. One way is to include more eggs in the diet. Comparing protein foods on a pound-for-pound basis, eggs cost about 95 cents a pound when large eggs are selling for 64 cents a dozen. It is difficult to purchase any other high-protein food--meat or fish--for this low price.

Essential nutrients
Eggs are especially valuable as a source of protein. In fact, egg protein is used as the standard against which the quality of other food proteins is measured. One egg

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