Fun Farm Animals Facts for Kids
Many children will not become farmers when they grow up but they love to role-play as farmers. Toys like wooden farm sets which come with farm animals, barns and stables make your child’s pretend play more realistic and fun. To make it more exciting and educational, you can tell your kid some fun facts about farming while she’s playing with her toys.
We’ve made a list of fun facts that you can tell to your children to expand their knowledge about farms and farm animals.
- Cows can recognize their names but don’t go calling them because they will not come to you.
- A dairy cow can produce up to 1,500 gallons a year and it takes a farmer about 20 minutes to milk a single. Milking a cow is done 2-3 times a day.
- A cow has 4 stomachs and can eat about 40 pounds or 18,160 grams of food a day. Its food undergoes a special digestive process.
- Cows have a memory of about three years.
- Goats and sheeps have hard palates instead of upper jaw teeth. This helps them grind their food when eating.
- Goats are picky eaters. They do not eat food that is on the ground or contaminated.
- Goats are great swimmers and can swim long distances.
- Goats are considered by many to be the first animals to be domesticated by humans.
- Chickens can’t fly. The longest recorded flight by a chicken is 13 seconds long.
- Chickens and ostriches are close relatives of the extinct Tyrannosaurus rex or T-Rex.
- There are about 25 billion chickens on Earth which means there are more chickens than there are humans.
- Chickens have a sense of taste. They can taste saltiness but not sweetness.
- The United Kingdom has virtually eliminated salmonella by vaccinating chickens.
- Chickens have more bones in their necks than giraffes. But they do not have teeth.
- Pigs are smart creatures and they are even considered to be the 4th most intelligent animal.
- Pigs do not have sweat glands which is why they roll in the mud to cool themselves during hot weather conditions. The absence of sweat glands also makes them more tolerant to colder temperatures.
- A group of pigs is called a sounder.
- Pigs are family-oriented and considered by many as high social animals. They communicate with each other by using grunts and the type of grunt depends on the information they want to convey.
- Pigs can’t shout but they can squeal as loud as 115 decibels. The sound of a jet engine is about 113 decibels.
- Donkeys are very cautious and always watching for trouble. They will never get involved in any activity they consider to be unsafe.
- Contrary to popular belief, donkeys are not dumb animals. In fact they have excellent memories and can remember places very well.
- A male donkey is called a jack while a female donkey is called a jenny or jennet.
These are only a few fun facts about farm animals that you can share with your child. Teaching your children about farm life and farm animals can set them up for a better future.
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