Fun Feathered Facts

  • Barred Rock chickens are also known as Plymouth Rock chickens because they were first introduced to America when the pilgrims arrived. But bones of other breeds of chicken have been found in America that pre-date Columbus. 

  • Chickens kept and well cared for can sometimes live to be double digits - and the oldest known chicken lived to be 23 years old! 

  • Fashion meets function! Sarasota County names sentinels based on their colored anklets which are used to identify them for testing. 

  • What's on the menu? Scientists can conduct a bloodmeal analysis, or study the DNA of blood from a mosquito's gut, to find which mosquito species have a preference for chickens. It turns out that chickens are a favorite of Culex pipiens and Culex quinquefaciatus.