Chickens

(Pullus)
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A male is known as a COCK, a female is known as a HEN and a baby is known as a CHICK. A group is known as a FLOCK.

Chickens are medium-sized, chunky birds with an upright stance and characterised by fleshy red combs and wattles on their heads. Males, are usually larger, more boldly coloured, and have more exaggerated plumage than females. They seldom fly except as a result of perceived danger, preferring to run into the undergrowth if approached.

Chickens are domesticated birds kept by humans for the eggs they produce, their meat, their feathers, or sometimes as pets. Selective breeding for fast growth, egg-laying ability, conformation, plumage and docility took place over the centuries, and modern breeds often look very different from their wild ancestors. Chickens are the second most widely eaten type of meat globally and, along with eggs, provides nutritionally beneficial food containing high-quality protein accompanied by a low proportion of fat.

More Info

LONGEVITY: Can live 6 - 8 years.

WEIGHT: They weigh around 0.5 to 3 kilo

SIZE: Can grow an average length of 30cm.

DIET: Chickens are gregarious, omnivorous, ground-dwelling birds that in their natural surroundings search among the leaf litter for seeds, invertebrates, and other small animals.

GESTATION: When a clutch of eggs are laid incubation is around 21 days.

Did you know?

There are over 25 billion chickens in the world!
Chickens communicate with 24 different vocals
Female chickens are known as pullets until they are old enough to lay eggs. Then they are known as hens
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