Latin name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Average lifespan: 5-10 years
Weight: 4-7 pounds
Group name: flock, brood (of hens), clutch (of chicks), peep (of chicks)
Chickens are domestic or farm birds. The live span of a chicken is about 10 to 15 years. The male is larger and more brightly colored than the female. This is common feature in birds. The males show off their colorful feathers to attract the females. A chicken has a comb on the head and two wattles under the neck. The male has a larger comb compared to the female. The male is called a rooster. The female is called a hen while the young are called chicks. The female is usually ready to lay her first eggs when she is around six months old. The morning call your hear on the farm every morning is actually the rooster crowing "cock-a-doodle-doo". The female is called a hen and she goes "cluck-cluck". The young are called chicks and they go "chick-chick".
What does a chicken look like?
Noisy and curious, intelligent and social, the chimpanzee is the mammal most like a human. Chimpanzees fascinate humans and are favorites both in zoos and the wild. The chimpanzee has a thickset body with long arms, short legs and no tail. Much of the body is covered with long black hair, but the face, ears, fingers and toes are bare. They have hands that can grip firmly, allowing them to pick up objects. The discovery that they used "tools" for certain purposes surprised the world.
What does a chicken eat?
Chickens eat worms, insects, seeds, grains, snails, slugs, fruits, vegetables and many other foods. The gizzard which is a part of the stomach contains tiny stones to help grind up the food.
How long does it take for a chicken egg to hatch?
A hen lays an average of 300 eggs per year. The hen will sit on her eggs to keep them warm so that they will hatch into chicks. A fertilized egg starts developing into a chicken when its temperature reaches 86 degrees farenheight. A chicken takes 21 days to hatch. Have you ever seen a chicken laying an egg? Well, this video clips shows a chicken laying an egg very clearly.
What are the chicken's enemies?
Theanimals that are enemies to the chicken are hawks, bobcats, snakes, skunks, owls, raccoons, foxes and opposums prey on chickens.
How Fast Does a Chicken Run?
An average chicken, in good health, running at maximum speed, can travel 9 miles per hour.
Did you know?
There are approximatelty 175 varieties of chickens.
chickens are grouped into 12 classes and approximately 60 breeds based on geographical areas : Asiatic, American, Continental, English, Mediterranean
A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs.
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