Flock of Chicken Terms: A-G

Look no further for your “Chicken Encyclopedia”. Treats for Chickens has made this easy-to-view and understand list of the most commonly used chicken terms. With fun pictures to go along! Terms listed are A-G 

Bantam – A smaller variety of chicken

Bantam vs. Standard chicken (Photo credit)

Bloom – A protective coating on an egg that helps keep bacteria out of the porous shell of the egg.

Bloom – Natural coating to protect egg (Photo credit)

Breed A group of chickens that share various characteristics including comb and plumage style.

There are many different breeds of chickens (Photo credit)

Brood A batch of chicks.

A brood of adorable baby chicks (Photo credit)

Broody A hen sitting on a clutch of eggs until they hatch. A hen is “broody” when she has the overwhelming desire to sit and hatch eggs.

A broody hen nurturing and protecting her eggs (Photo credit)

Candeling To view the contents of an egg by shining a light thru it. Used to determine fertility.

Candling eggs reveal the progress of the embryo (Photo credit)

Cannibalism Chickens under stress pecking at each other.

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Chicken A domesticated fowl. Human Caution: tendency to cause addiction to their presence.

There are 2 different types of chickens; a hen and a rooster (Photo credit)

Clutch A group of eggs accumulated by a hen for incubation.

A clutch of eggs (Photo credit)

Cock A male chicken or rooster a year or more old.

A cock crowing

Cockerel A male chicken less than one year old.

A cockerel (Photo credit)

Comb The fleshy red spiked material on a chicken’s head.

There are many different types of combs a chicken can have. A red comb = a healthy comb. Click here to get comb reddening for your flock (Photo credit)

Coop A safe place for your chickens to roost, lay eggs and to be protected from weather.

This size coop can comfortably hold 4 hens (Photo credit)

Crest The bunch of feathers on the head of some breeds.

A crest of feathers

Crop The pouch in a chicken’s esophagus, at the base of its neck, that bulges with feed. Can feel like a golf ball.

Location of the crop (Photo credit)

Debeak To remove part of the top beak to prevent cannibalism. NOT RECOMMENDED. This is a very cruel method to prevent overcrowding incidents due to improper care!

De-beaking is NOT advised. Very cruel and causes pain to the chicken (Photo credit)

Droppings Manure.

Example of healthy chicken droppings (Photo credit)

Embryo The developing chicken inside a fertile egg.

Capturing 5, 6, 9, 12, and 18 days into the development of a chicken (Photo credit)

Fluff The soft feathering on a chicken’s butt.

Colorful, fluffy-butted hens (Photo credit)

Look in the “Categories” section to the right for more learning and fun!


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