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 (hoto 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.
- Two great products available to reduce and heal cannibalism. Rooster Booster Pick-No-More Lotion and Vetericyn Poultry Care
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.
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)
- 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)