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Monday, June 20, 2016

Chickens

Photo Credit:  Andrei Niemimäki
The chicken is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red jungle fowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 19 billion as of 2011. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs.

Scientists have shown that mother hens display signs of empathy for their baby chicks. They are able to remember and recognize over 100 individuals; they can also recognize humans.

Chickens perform complex communication where calls have specific meanings. They perform over 30 types of vocalization that we are aware of with meanings varying from calling youngsters, alarm calls, and alerting others to the whereabouts of food.

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.

A mature male chicken is called a rooster or cock or roo. A mature female chicken is called a hen. A chick is a newly hatched chicken. An immature male chicken is called a cockerel and an immature female chicken a pullet.

Did you know?
Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.

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