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Requirements (parts list) for raising chickens 0/4
Basic breed types and their characteristics 0/2
Purebred flock vs. assortment 0/1
Incubators and hatching chicks 0/3
When things go wrong and predators too! 0/5
Processing birds 0/4
Glossary of Chicken Terms
Bantam – any of a multitude of breeds which grow no larger than 1/2 the size of the standard breed, going by the same name. Example: a bantam Rhode Island Red is a 1/2 size (or even smaller) replica of a full size Rhode Island Red.
Comb – The fleshy, red protuberance on top of a chicken’s head. There are various different styles of chicken comb
Cockerel – a young rooster anytime from birth to a year of age
Crop/Craw – “A pouched enlargement of the esophagus of many birds that serves as a receptacle for food and for its preliminary digestion.” Merriam-Webster “Craw” is just another word for “crop.”
Fighting bird/Game bird – any of a number of breeds of chicken which were developed with the sport of cockfighting in mind. Some “game” chickens have been developed away from actual fighting. For instance, most commercial chickens have “Cornish Game” in their lineage. Yet they are hardly good fighters
Brooder – the apparatus used to keep young chicks warm. Brooders come in many forms. In commercial chicken businesses a “brooder” may be an entire climate controlled room
Broody – The condition of a hen which is in the mode for hatching chicks and raising them. We say a hen is “broody” when she’s set on hatching eggs and raising chicks. Also, some breeds may be referred to as “broody,” while others are “non-broody,” referring to their tendency to broodinesss
Broodiness – the tendency of a hen or hens from a given breed to go broody
Coop – the building in which chickens are sheltered, protected from the elements and predators
Layer – A hen or breed of chicken which is used for laying eggs
Hen – a female chicken, especially once she is sexually mature
Hybrid – A chicken which is the product of a cross between two stable breeds of chicken. Hybrids often exhibit extra vigor.
Meat bird – any chicken or breed of chickens that are especially meant for meat production
Pen – an enclosed, usually fenced area, which keeps chickens inside. Often a pen will contain a coop.
Pullet – a young female chicken, from birth to a year of age
Spur – the sharp spike usually found just above the foot of a rooster or older cockerel.
Vent – the opening at the “behind” of a chicken, through which droppings (excrement) and/or eggs come out.