Flock of Chicken Terms: H-O

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 G-O 

Gizzard An organ in the digestive system of a chicken that grinds food with grit swallowed by the chicken.

Location of a chicken’s gizzard (Photo credit)

Grit Sand and pebbles eaten by chickens to grind food in its gizzard. Birds allowed to free range don’t need to be offered grit — they find their own ideal sizes and types to suit themselves.

Examples of different types of chicken grit (Photo credit)

Hen A female chicken a year or more old.

This is a Delaware hen (Photo credit)

Hock The joint in the chicken’s leg between the thigh and the shank.

Location of the chicken’s hock (Photo credit)

Keel The breast bone of the chicken.

Location of the keel bone on a chicken (Photo credit)

Litter Biodegradable material such as pine shavings used on the floor and in nesting boxes to absorb moisture and keep housing clean. Straw and rice hulls can also be efficient.

One example of litter that can be used. This is pine shavings (Photo credit)

Mash A mixture of (wet or dry) coarse ground feed.

Different types of chicken feed. The far left is chicken mash

Mite A type of external crawling parasite.

A type of mite feeding on this chicken. Yuck! Click here to get your solution to assist in the removal of mites, lice, fleas, etc (Photo credit)

Molt The annual normal dropping out and regrowing of a chicken’s feathers. Your birds may look rather unsightly during this time, and the barnyard can resemble the aftermath of a big pillow fight! Lasts approximately 6-8 weeks.

A molting chicken. A couple products you can use to assist in feather re-growth are either Oyster Shell or Mealworm Delight (Photo credit)

Nesting Box The private area where chickens lay their eggs.

This is a nesting box. Use Nesting Box Blend to keep your chickens calm and free of mites, lice, and other ickies in the nesting box (Photo credit)

Oviduct The tube through which an egg travels over the course of its formation until it is laid.

This is how a hen lays an egg (Photo credit)

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

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