The delicate, invisible membrane outside an egg's shell that protects the contents from bacteria and other foreign matter.
A juvenile rooster.
The red, rubbery flesh on top of a chicken's head.
A chicken house.
A part of the esophagus where food is digested and softened before it enters the stomach.
A tray (metal or wood) located underneath roosting poles that collects droppings for easy disposal.
A hen that is bred for both egg-laying and meat qualities. Dual-purpose breeds are valued for their good nature and cold-hardiness. Orpingtons and Australorps are good dual-purpose breeds.
A behavior pattern whereby chickens dig themselves a hole in the ground and immerse themselves in the loosened earth, rolling around and trying to get as dirty as possible. The behavior often times looks like spastic fits of some sort. Dust bathing is an important defense against mites and lice, and if they don't have access to a dust bath, they need an artificial dust bath set up indoors.
The container that holds and delivers feed to your chickens.
An egg laid by a hen that has mated with a rooster and is capable of becoming a baby chick. (Only possible when roosters are present!)
The soft, profuse feathering on a chicken's butt.
Gallus gallus domesticus
The species name (in Latin) of chickens. And some cities consider chickens to be wild fowl??????
Sand or bits of crushed rock which chickens eat and store in their crop. Essential for proper digestion of food.
The feathers around a chicken's neck.
A female chicken.
The process of hatching a fertilized egg via the application of a constant heat source, frequent turning and the maintenance of a humid environment. Incubating baby chicks takes 21 days.
A complete feed made especially for laying hens.
The chickens' yearly process of shedding its' feathers and re-growing new ones. During the molt, hens will not lay eggs.
A man-made box designed to encourage hens to lay eggs in it. Common wisdom is that one nest box is required for every 4-5 hens. Placing a golf ball or plastic egg in a nest box is said to encourage a hen to lay her eggs in the nest box when just starting out.
A chicken or breed of chicken that does not have a tendency or desire to incubate fertilized eggs or care for baby chicks.
A juvenile hen.
- Verb: When chickens perch on a pole or branch, as in when they sleep.
- Noun. A pole or branch that chickens perch on.
A male chicken.
A man-made perch, usually constructed of wood and located inside the chicken coop, that chickens perch on while they sleep.
An outdoor area where chickens can roam freely, usually attached to the chicken coop.
The feathers on the lower part of a chicken's back.
- Noun: A special treat that chickens love made of various grains. (Not to be substituted for feed.)
- Verb: An instinctual behavior chickens perform with their claws to dig up bugs, worms, tiny rocks and other goodies they find in the soil.
A chicken or breed of chickens that has a tendency or desire to incubate a batch of fertilized eggs
The bottom part of a chicken's legs.
The tail feathers on a rooster.
An additional appendage-like protrusion on a rooster's shanks. (Used for fighting.)
A juvenile hen between that which has already started laying eggs.
A complete feed formulated specifically for baby chicks.
The exernal opening of a chicken through which all waste matter and eggs pass.
The container that holds and delivers water for your chickens.
The two red, rubbery flaps of flesh on a chicken's neck.
A chicken's butt (colloquial).