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The Chicken Quiz
Ready for the chicken quiz?
What do you know about chickens? Chooks? Roosters? Hens? Banties? Chickens are fascinating, but many people don't know that much about them.
Think you know all about our feathered friends?
Take this quiz and see if you can answer all the questions about chickens correctly, then share it with your friends to see who knows more about these fascinating poultry.
Do you think you'll be cock-of-the-walk when you're done?
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The Chicken Quiz
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Chickens in Miniature
What do you call a miniature chicken?
Chickens can vary a lot in size. They can range from about the size of a soda can to that of a breadbox. Normal sized chickens are called standards, but small chickens are called bantams or banty chickens.
Some breeds of chickens come in both a standard size and a bantam size. An example of this is cochins. Standard cochins are huge. A cochin rooster can be around two feet tall. While a bantam cochin is usually around the size of a head of cabbage.
While some breeds of chickens have both, some chickens only come in standard sizes, while others only come in bantam sizes. Sebrights, for example, are only bantams, and small bantams at that.
What do you call a miniature chicken? - A Bantam
Days for Chicken Eggs to Hatch
Hatching Chicken Eggs
How many days does it take for a chicken egg to hatch?
- 65 days
- 3 months
- 28 days
- 21 days
- 12 days
Chicken eggs that you want to have hatch into baby chicks need to be incubated, either by an incubator or a broody hen. The eggs must be kept at 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit (in a still-air incubator) or at 99.5 (in a forced-air incubator) for 21 consecutive days once they start to be incubated or else the baby chicks will die.
For the first 18 days of the incubation period, the eggs also need to be turned over regularly, this helps prevent the chick from getting glued to the inside of the shell and helps to make the chick turn out well without birth defects. The eggs need to be turned at least twice a day, though an odd number of times is preferable since that way the chick doesn't sit overnight twice in a row on the same side. Turning the eggs five times each day is the best. Luckily, for those who can afford a better model, some incubators come with automatic turners so you don't have to do it by hand. All turning must stop on the 18th day though, since after that point the chick will start aligning itself to peak its way out of the top of the egg.
Each day the baby chick grows a little larger, consumes a bit more of the egg yolk, and the air sack inside the egg gets a bit smaller. By the time the chick hatches, it will be big enough to survive outside the egg, the egg yolk will be totally consumed and the air sack will be gone.
From Egg to Chick
Chickens Are Mutated Junglefowl
Modern chickens most likely evolved from what other animal?
Chickens evolved from a chicken-resembling pheasant called the Junglefowl. Most likely they came from the Red Junglefowl, but there is some debate as to whether Grey Junglefowl had a part in their creation.
From Wikipedia: "The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical member of the Pheasant family. It is thought to be ancestral to the domestic chicken, with some hybridisation with the Grey Junglefowl. The Red Junglefowl was first domesticated at least five thousand years ago in Asia, then taken around the world, and the domestic form is kept globally as a very productive food source of both meat and eggs."
Modern chickens evolved from what other animal? - Junglefowl
Links to More Chicken Information
- Chicken Rumors, Myths, and Facts
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- 11 Reasons You Should Get Chickens
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- Getting Started with Chickens
Get started with chickens by learning which chicken breeds to get, where to keep your chickens, and how to get chickens.
- Ideas for Toys and Activities to Entertain Your Pet ...
When you put chickens in a small pen or coop they get bored and will end up hurting one another. Here are easy and fun ideas for chicken toys that you can make using items around your house.
- Chickens as House Pets
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- My Pet Chicken: Sweet Tweets
My pet chicken, Sweet Tweets, is a Silkie chicken that lives inside the house and plays with my cats. She is a house chicken and wears a diaper while wandering around the living room.
Combing Their Feathers
The red thing on top of a chicken's head is called a what?
That red thing on top of a chicken's head is called a comb. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Rosecombs have tight combs that are bunched like a rose. Leghorns have flat, floppy combs that tilt to one side. Buttercups have combs that look like a crown.
The red thing on top of a chicken's head is called what? - A Comb
Young Male Chickens
What is a cockerel?
- A female that is laying eggs
- The ruling rooster
- A young male chicken
- A hen that turns into a rooster
- An older rooster that is used primarily for breeding
A cockerel is a young cock or rooster, a male chicken. A young female chicken is called a pullet, while an older female chicken is called a hen.
What is a cockerel? - A young male chicken
Escape with an Egg Tooth
Hatching from an Egg
Baby chicks escape their eggs primarily by using what?
- Their clawed feet
- The mother chicken
- A special, extra-hard claw
- A tooth on their beak
- Their rapier-sharp wit
In the picture below, can you see the tiny yellow tip on the end of the chick's beak? That's called an egg tooth. It usually falls off within three days. It is used to crack the egg from the inside during hatching.
Baby chicks escape their eggs primarily by using what? - An egg tooth
The Smallest Chicken
Seramas: The World's Smallest Chicken
The smallest breed of chicken is what?
- Old English Game
- Modern Game
Seramas are the smallest breed of chicken. They come in several sizes depending on how small they are, though all are tiny. There are no standard sized Seramas, they are considered a true bantam in that there is no full-sized version.
Old English Games and Japanese Bantams are also true bantams, and though they too are very small, they are just a bit bigger than Seramas. Bantam Modern Games are also small, but with their extremely long legs they look huge in comparison to Seramas. Leghorns are the most common laying type of chickens, and while small for a standard sized chicken, even their bantam version is not as small as Seramas.
The smallest breed of chicken is what? - Serama
Links to Learn More About Interesting Chicken Breeds
- Silkie: A Comprehensive Guide on the Furry Chicken
This is a comprehensive guide on the silkie chicken and includes information about its physical features, temperament, origins, and life cycle. I also explain how to breed, raise, and care for them.
- Cochins: The Round, Fluffy Chickens
The Cochin chicken breed is a decent layer with sweet personalities and cute looks. They come in both standard and bantam versions.
- Crested Polish Chickens: Chickens with Crazy Hairdos
These chickens come in a variety of beautiful colors and are fun to raise. In this article, I share photos and basic information about raising them.
Learn More About Different Chicken Breeds
There are a lot of really interesting chicken breeds in the world, learn more about them in this lovely book.
Laying Blue Eggs
Purebred Araucana chickens lay what color eggs?
Araucana hens lay eggs that are a beautiful sky blue. Because Araucanas can be difficult to breed, they are often mixed with other chicken breeds. When mated to other breeds of chickens the egg colors can vary widely, producing olive eggs, purple, pink, and mint. Often chickens sold as Araucanas are mixed breeds that will not produce the pure blue of the purebred chickens.
Blue Egg and Brown Eggs
Sharp Defensive Weapons
The sharp points on the legs of most roosters and some hens are called what?
Most roosters and even some hens have spurs. These pointed protuberances are a way to defend a chicken's territory and flock. The size, shape, and sexual dimorphism of spurs is related to the breed of chicken, so some breeds have certain spurs. The behavior and environment also play a role.
The sharp points on the legs of most roosters and some hens are called what? - Spurs
Sitting Around Hatching Eggs
A hen that wants to sit on and hatch eggs is called a what?
- A broody
- A pullet
- A cock
- A capon
- A peon
A hen that wants to sit on and hatch eggs is called a broody. This can also be a term used to describe their behavior since broodiness can vary depending upon time of year.
As we have adjusted chickens' natural behavior to fit our needs, we have also impacted whether a hen will try to hatch her own eggs. Hens that want to sit on eggs do not like to give them away for our breakfast. They may hide their nests or steal eggs from other hens or attack anyone trying to remove eggs. They tend to lay less because they are sitting and trying to hatch eggs.
In past times, these hens could be handy to hatch out a batch of eggs when the farmer wanted new chickens to add to the flock. Now though, we tend to use incubators which have more consistent hatching rates with no fear that it will suddenly decide it doesn't want to hatch anything halfway through the incubation period.
Some breeds of chickens tend to be broody more than others, and some people keep those breeds solely to have a broody hen around to hatch eggs.
A hen that wants to sit on and hatch eggs is called a what? - A broody
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How Did You Do on the Chicken Quiz?
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