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The Chicken Quiz

Updated on August 23, 2017
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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?

Take the Chicken Quiz!

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.

 

Bantam Chickens

Chickens in Miniature

What do you call a miniature chicken?

  • Featherweight
  • Bantam
  • Standard
  • Giant
  • Peewee

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

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

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

Junglefowl

Chickens Are Mutated Junglefowl

Modern chickens most likely evolved from what other animal?

  • Junglefowl
  • Peacocks
  • Quail
  • Doves
  • Geese

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

Junglefowl Pheasant
Junglefowl Pheasant | Source

Chicken Combs

Combing Their Feathers

The red thing on top of a chicken's head is called a what?

  • Wattle
  • Comb
  • Hackle
  • Spur
  • Berry

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

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

Cockerels

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

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

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

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

The Smallest Chicken

Seramas: The World's Smallest Chicken

The smallest breed of chicken is what?

  • Old English Game
  • Leghorn
  • Japanese
  • Serama
  • 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

Serama Hen
Serama Hen | Source

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.

 

Araucana Eggs

Laying Blue Eggs

Purebred Araucana chickens lay what color eggs?

  • Blue
  • Mauve
  • Ecru
  • White
  • Brown

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

An Araucana egg with some brown eggs
An Araucana egg with some brown eggs | Source

Spurs

Sharp Defensive Weapons

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

  • Daggers
  • Heels
  • Keratins
  • Picks
  • Spurs

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

Rooster Spurs
Rooster Spurs | Source

Broody Hen

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

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

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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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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      Good quiz!

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      You Deserve A Hug, Really, it made me remember my childhood days, when I had lots of Chickens in my house Backyard. I had their memories captured in photos.

      Thank u for making my day :)

      Blessings

      GEM

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Interesting. 100 years ago we probably were raising our own chickens and knew more about them.

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      gamefreak321 3 years ago

      The only thing I know about chickens are they taste good on my plate. :)

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      Oosquid 4 years ago

      I learned all I know from Cornall Saunders. Enjoyed taking your quiz.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great quiz! I learned a lot!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Very good quiz about chickens I didn't realize I knew so much about them

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      chicken boy

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      I guessed a coupl but got them ll right!

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      Laura 4 years ago from Australia

      6/10 just passed lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i got 8 out of 10.

      And by the way does any one know where i could get some Chinese silkes, which are cheap. And i don't mind what colour.

      Thankyou:) <3 <3 <3 <3

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi great quiz on chickens, I love chickens. Keeping chicken is a great hobby, they make fun pets.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stupid got them all right. Only for very beginner people

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      Great quiz well thought out love it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It took me three times to get 100, the first time I got a 65, then 2nd time 70 and third time was a charm 100

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Love the quiz, and love chickens. perfect pair!

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      Traceeshobbies 5 years ago

      Fun!

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      TeagueChubak LM 5 years ago

      Loved this!

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      Inkhand 5 years ago

      That was fun, thanks.

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      I Love Chickens...so thank you

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I knew more about chickens than I thought! Thanks for a great quiz!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great - I knew all the answers!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Got them all!! I still got the country touch. Finally a quiz the COUNTRYLUTHIER could excell at. Thanks and Happy New Year!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great quiz! Using this for my 4H group, thank you for sharing! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! One big squid thumbs up vote left!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great - loved this quiz - good questions not too hard about the right level to get you thinking - if they were too hard then you would just give up!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      10/10

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      9/10, I am almost an expert!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: haha, I aced it too. 10/10

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      thesevenfigures 6 years ago

      Thought i knew more arrgh!

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for such wonderful lens on Chicken.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This was fun! Now, fellow chicken owners raise your hand!! ^_^

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      At least I didn't chicken out!

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      HighMaintenanceFarmWife 6 years ago

      Oh how fun! I really had to think about a few of them, especially how many days it takes to lay an egg. The only reason I knew about Seramas is because my sister just loves them.

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      Cheryl57 LM 6 years ago

      I learned that the Serama is the smallest breed of chickens. My Grandma had Guinea Hens, they were very effective watch "dogs"!

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      Only got 2 right! Loads of fun, I learned a lot. :D

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      i should have done better! we have 8 chickens in a coop my husband built! thanks for the quiz!

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      Katherine T 6 years ago from London

      Not very good! :( But then I've never kept chickens! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      70%! I'm on a roll! Great quiz and now I know the 3 answers I missed, just my luck that nobody will ask me those!

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      The Afrikan 7 years ago

      40%

      :(

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      I really like chickens. That was a good quiz.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      That was a lot of fun! Thanks for the fun quiz.

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      Wow, I knew more than I thought. I didn't know what a young rooster was called though. Fun!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, I did learn someting new (don't ask about my score ok? LOL)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I only got one wrong =)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      really quite a cool quiz did i say that my fav animal is a chicken

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      really hard :)

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      LarryCoffey LM 7 years ago

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

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      mmakeruk 7 years ago

      guessed a lot - good knowledge quiz