Chicken Facts

Rosie & Jim Chicken ProductsChicken is one of Ireland’s favourite foods because it is lean, tender and wholesome. Chicken provides the complete protein you require daily and of all meats is one of the lowest in calories, fat and saturated fat.

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Our bodies require protein, and because protein can’t be stored in the body, we need a new supply every day. Chicken is an ideal source of protein because it is lower in calories, fats and saturated fats than most other meats. Chicken fits easily into today’s preference for healthy living.

Low in fat and calories

Chicken Breast has the lowest cholesterol of the entire bird at around 62mg/100g Fat in chicken is greatly reduced by removing the skin. Skinless breast fillet with fat removed can be lower than 1% fat content


Chicken is extremely dense in nutrients, including protein, zinc, iron, phosphorous, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin. Chicken contains significant quantities of many minerals, including iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous.

Rosie & Jim Chicken ProductsWe all know that Chicken meat is lean, tender and nutritious…

As if these features were not enough, recent works of research show that chicken is also considered to be by far the ‘greenest’ environment friendly source of meat available, when compared against beef and pork.

Of the top 3 meats consumed worldwide (beef, pork, chicken), chicken is the most land saving, requiring in between 20-40 square meters of land over the whole production chain to produce 1kg of meat, compared to 40-80 square meters for pork and 80-140 square meters for beef.

Producing one kilogram of chicken meat requires less than 2kg of feed and 3,900litres of water (over the whole chain), against 3 kg and 4,900 litres for pork and 5kg and 15,500 litres for beef.

Overall, the worldwide trend towards consumption of chicken over beef or pork, has a tremendously positive impact on the usage of natural resources. This efficiency is achieved with a minimal impact on the environment, as the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) to produce 1kg of chicken meat is equivalent to a driving distance of 22.7km, against 31.6km per kg for pork and 79.1 km per kg for beef.

Last but not least, the percentage of saleable weight as a percentage of the live weight is highest for chicken at 50%, second for pork at 45% and lowest for beef at 36%.

In 2007, researchers were able to extract small amounts of collagen protein from a 68 million year old Tyrannosaurs Rex leg bone. Further analysis confirmed that the chicken is the closest living relative to the T. Rex.




  • The chicken has been domesticated for 8,000 years.
  • 4,000 years ago the Egyptians built brick incubators which could hold 10,000 chickens at a time
  • There are more chickens on earth than humans.
  • The average hen lays 300 eggs per year.
  • The record for multiple egg yolks in a single egg is nine.
  • If a chicken has red ear lobes, it will lay brown eggs if it has white earlobes it will lay white eggs.
  • Chickens will lay fewer and fewer but larger and larger eggs as they grow older.
  • The largest recorded chicken egg weighed 12 ounces and had two yolks.
  • The record for egg laying belongs to a white leghorn that laid 371 eggs in 364 days.
  • A headless chicken can run the length of a football field before dropping dead.
  • The longest recorded chicken flight was 13 seconds and a total distance of 301. 5 feet.
  • A Chicken can run about 9 miles per hour, a human can usually manage 12-15 miles per hour.
  • Chickens have a different alarm cluck for different predators.
  • A chicken's heart beats 300 times a minute (about 4-5 times more than a human)