Fun Facts about Farm Animals

Who doesn’t love fun facts? They’re so great! You never know when you’re going to be on a trivia show, or when you’re desperately going to need to impress someone with your random knowledge. Maybe it’s just me, but I doubt it. Anyways, here’s a few fun facts I’ve come across. So smartin’ up, farm style:

-Cows, sheep and goats only have front teeth on the bottom of their mouths, but have molars on the top and bottom.

-Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey (if this is the only link you ever click on, do it, it’s worth it).

-A mother hen turns her egg about 50 times each day to prevent the yoke from sticking to the egg shell.

-Male cows, known as bulls, do not have udders. This is why the movie Barnyard really annoys me.

-Pigs have no sweat glands and, therefore, do not sweat. They roll in mud to cool themselves off. So, “sweating like a pig” should actually mean someone who does not sweat at all. Or someone who has a sudden urge to roll in the mud, I could see it both ways.

-Farm-raised turkeys cannot fly, but wild turkeys can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. Wild turkeys are also fast on the ground, running at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

-Cows can daily urinate about 30 pounds of water and poop about 60 pounds of feces. Maybe poop can power the planet.

-Pigs are smarter than dogs.

-Goats have rectangular pupils, which give them excellent night vision.

-There are more chickens than people that live on this earth.

-Cows have four teats, but goats only have two.

-Male turkeys also have what is called a beard located in the chest area. Upon sight, the beard appears to be hair, but is actually a mass of thin feathers. The beard is what hunters keep as a trophy; the longer the beard, the older the turkey.

-Goat’s discovered coffee beans. For this, I may owe them my life.

About samlaineperfas

Sam Laine Perfas is a Minnesota farm expat who now resides in Somerville, Mass. She is currently working in Boston as a journalist and audio producer. Realizing that a reporter’s brain never fully shuts off, she undertook blogging as a way to share her thoughts, observations, and snapshots as a reporter when she is off the clock and simply living life. View all posts by samlaineperfas

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