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The Chicken Quiz

Updated on September 19, 2014

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?

The Chicken Quiz

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Learn More About Chickens

Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition
Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition

If you didn't do so well on the quiz or you simply want to learn more about chickens, check out this great book.


How Did You Do on the Chicken Quiz?

Did you take the chicken quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun? What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know then scroll down to see explanations of the answers on the quiz.

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      mmakeruk 7 years ago

      guessed a lot - good knowledge quiz

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      DogAnxietyBlues 7 years ago

      hey this was fun and I learned something too!

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      LarryCoffey LM 7 years ago

      I guessed a lot. Guess I need to study more. :p

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is hard. I got 3 right.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      really hard :)

    1. What do you call a miniature chicken? - A Bantam

    A bantam hen on my hand
    A bantam hen on my hand | Source

    2. How many days does it take for a chicken egg to hatch? - 21 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

    3. Modern chickens evolved from what other animal? - Junglefowl

    Junglefowl Picture
    Junglefowl Picture | Source

    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."

    5. The red thing on top of a chicken's head is called what? - A Comb

    Rooster with a big bright comb
    Rooster with a big bright comb | Source

    6. What is a cockerel? - A young male chicken

    A cockerel, a young male chicken
    A cockerel, a young male chicken | Source

    7. Baby chicks escape their eggs primarily by using what? - An egg tooth

    An Egg Tooth on a Baby Chick
    An Egg Tooth on a Baby Chick | Source

    En Egg Tooth

    In the picture above, 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.

    8. The smallest breed of chicken is what? - Serama

    Serama Hen
    Serama Hen | Source

    Seramas: The World's Smallest Chicken

    Seramas are the smallest breed of chicken. They come in several sizes, 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, they are not even bantams.

    Learn More About Different Chicken Breeds

    Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Emus, Guinea Fowl, Ostriches, Partridges, Peafowl, Pheasants, Quails, Swans
    Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Emus, Guinea Fowl, Ostriches, Partridges, Peafowl, Pheasants, Quails, Swans

    There are a lot of really interesting chicken breeds in the world, learn more about them in this lovely book.


    9. The sharp points on the legs of most roosters and some hens are called what? - Spurs

    Rooster Spurs
    Rooster Spurs | Source

    10. A hen that wants to sit on and hatch eggs is called a what? - A broody

    Broody Hen and her Chicks
    Broody Hen and her Chicks | Source

    Learn More About Chickens

    Learn more about chickens by checking out my article about the common Chicken Rumors, Myths, and Facts that proliferate the world.

    Also, if you liked this quiz, don't forget to take The Egg Quiz and learn more about hen fruit.

    © 2009 Alisha Vargas

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        Senora M 6 years ago

        cool lens. tons of info about chickens. we have a few bantam chickens and americanas i think they're called.

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        ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

        am I a chicken for getting so many questions wrong?;)

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        Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

        When I was a child, I was a little afraid when I had to reach under a hen to pull out the eggs! I miss the days of having an "Old McDonald's Farm" with such a wonderful variety of animals. This was a fun learning experience. Thanks!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        I flunked chicken 101.

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        Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

        I have chicken, I get a laugh everyday, what fun.

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        myspace9 4 years ago

        When I was little kid my parents used to have a lot. they look so cute.

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        eightieschild 4 years ago

        Was slightly disappointed to find out that baby chickens DON'T use their rapier-sharp wit to escape their eggs. ;)

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        @eightieschild: ha ha ha that's funny.

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        Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

        Thank you for this -- very entertaining.

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