Chickens

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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.

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  • Can chickens lay eggs without a rooster?

    Q: Can chickens lay eggs without a rooster?

    A: Once it has reached physical maturity at about 6 months, a hen lays eggs regardless of whether it has mated with a rooster. The egg production also occurs regardless of male participation.
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  • Do chickens mate to lay eggs?

    Q: Do chickens mate to lay eggs?

    A: Chickens do not have to mate for a hen to lay eggs. A hen lays eggs even when a rooster does not live in the flock.
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  • What is a baby chicken called?

    Q: What is a baby chicken called?

    A: A baby chicken is called a chick. While adults are referred to as chicken in the United States, in some countries like Australia and New Zealand, only the meat that is eaten is called chicken while birds are all called chicks.
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  • How Long Does It Take for a Chicken Egg to Hatch?

    Q: How Long Does It Take for a Chicken Egg to Hatch?

    A: It takes approximately three weeks for chicken eggs to hatch, give or take a day, providing the eggs are fertile. Not all eggs are fertile, so time should be spent determining which eggs are likely to hatch and which eggs are not.
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  • What is the red thing on a rooster's head called?

    Q: What is the red thing on a rooster's head called?

    A: The red part that sticks out on the top of the rooster's head is called its comb, and the part dangling beneath its chin is called its wattle. Researchers have found that the brightness of the rooster's comb has an effect on his desirability among hens when selecting a mate.
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  • Can chickens fly?

    Q: Can chickens fly?

    A: Whether or not a domestic chicken can fly generally depends of the weight of the particular bird, according to the University of Illinois Extension. Heavier chickens do not have the ability to fly, while lighter birds can often fly a short distance.
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  • What do baby chickens eat?

    Q: What do baby chickens eat?

    A: Very young chickens need a lot of protein to grow; in most settings, they are given a high-protein feed specifically formulated for them, but in the wild they eat worms and seeds to fulfill their protein requirements. Chickens under five weeks old need food containing at least 19 percent protein.
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  • Do roosters lay eggs?

    Q: Do roosters lay eggs?

    A: Roosters are male, and they do not lay eggs. Hens, their female counterparts, lay all of the eggs, and they do not need the rooster's help for that.
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  • What is the difference between a hen and a chicken?

    Q: What is the difference between a hen and a chicken?

    A: 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.
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  • How do you tell if your chicken is a rooster?

    Q: How do you tell if your chicken is a rooster?

    A: 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.
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  • How large is the world's largest chicken?

    Q: How large is the world's largest chicken?

    A: The Jersey Giant, the world's largest breed of chicken, can grow to more than 13 pounds in weight. In rare cases, castrated roosters can weigh as much as 20 pounds. The Jersey Giant is named for its state of origin, New Jersey; it was developed in the late 19th century.
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  • How many breeds of chickens are there?

    Q: How many breeds of chickens are there?

    A: Worldwide, there are hundreds of different chicken breeds. The American Poultry Association recognizes 65 different breeds of chicken. This list does not include the most populous breed of chicken, the Cobb 500. The Cobb 500 is the breed of chicken used by many commercial chicken meat producers.
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  • What is the skin under a rooster's neck called?

    Q: What is the skin under a rooster's neck called?

    A: The skin under a rooster's neck is called a wattle. Roosters also have a fleshy growth on top of the their head called a comb. Hens have smaller combs and wattles than roosters.
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  • What are baby chickens called?

    Q: What are baby chickens called?

    A: Baby chickens are called chicks, biddies, cockerels, pullets and broilers. Chick and biddy are interchangeable terms for any baby chicken, while cockerel and pullet refer to specific genders. Broilers bred for meat are harvested between nine and 12 weeks of age.
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  • What is a group of chickens called?

    Q: What is a group of chickens called?

    A: A group of chickens is called a brood. You can also refer to a group of chickens as a flock, the general term used to describe a group of birds.
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  • Can chickens swim?

    Q: Can chickens swim?

    A: While they do not particularly enjoy being immersed in water, chickens can swim if necessary. Chickens swim by floating on top of the water while paddling their feet in the same way as ducks.
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  • How can chickens run after their heads are cut off?

    Q: How can chickens run after their heads are cut off?

    A: Chickens can run after their heads are cut off because often a chicken's head is cut off at the base of the skull, leaving the brain stem intact, which controls the nervous system and reflex actions. This enables the chicken to move around for a while, but usually the bird stops moving within minutes of being beheaded.
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  • What chickens lay pink eggs?

    Q: What chickens lay pink eggs?

    A: A breed of chicken known as an Easter egger lays pink eggs, according to Moose Manor Farms. Sometimes also referred to as "mutt" chickens, Easter eggers are often crosses between other colored egg layers such as the Ameraucana.
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  • What is a black chicken?

    Q: What is a black chicken?

    A: The Silkie is a breed of chicken known for its fluffy plumage and black skin and bones. Other distinctive traits of the Silkie include blue earlobes and five toes on each foot as opposed to the usual four in other chicken breeds.
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  • How do hens and roosters mate?

    Q: How do hens and roosters mate?

    A: The rooster initiates courtship by offering food to hens and doing a circle dance around them. When a hen responds, the rooster mounts and fertilizes her. Hens and roosters mate during breeding season, which is spring to early summer.
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  • How much does an average chicken weigh?

    Q: How much does an average chicken weigh?

    A: As of 2011 statistics, the average broiler chicken weighed 5.80 pounds at 47 days old. The average amount of food given to each broiler was 1.91 pounds to make it gain the weight over 47 days.
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