A chicken is not a mammal. A chicken is a bird. Though a domesticated chicken doesn't fly very well, its body is made for flight.Continue Reading
The chicken has a short, strong body with a broad, flat breastbone to support its flight muscles. Its legs are strong, both to push off at takeoff and to absorb the shock when landing. Its wings correspond to the hands in humans but lack the finger bones. The tail is short and made to support the tail feathers.
Also, unlike most mammals, chickens lay eggs. When the chicks hatch, the mother doesn't nurse them but leads them out to find food.Learn more about Chickens
A hen is a female chicken, while a chicken can refer to either a male or a female of the species Gallus gallus domesticus. "Hen" can also be used to refer to a female bird of any species.Full Answer >
A chicken coop is built using a frame and chicken wire. Plans can be purchased to help make the process easier.Full Answer >
The easiest way to tell if a chicken is a rooster is to see if it lays eggs or crows; if it crows, it is a rooster, and if it lays eggs, it is a hen. If the chicken is too young to lay eggs, additional clues, such as the color of its comb, can help determine the gender.Full Answer >
A chicken is a domesticated bird used for food, feathers and eggs, and a hen is the female of this species. The term "chicken" also describes a young bird of this species under 1 year old. The term "hen" is also used to describe the female of any bird.Full Answer >