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.
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.
Hen A female chicken a year or more old.
Hock The joint in the chicken’s leg between the thigh and the shank.
Keel The breast bone of the chicken.
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.
Mash A mixture of (wet or dry) coarse ground feed.
Mite A type of external crawling parasite.
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.
Nesting Box The private area where chickens lay their eggs.
Oviduct The tube through which an egg travels over the course of its formation until it is laid.
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