A chicken is not a mammal. A chicken is a bird. Though a domesticated chicken doesn't fly very well, its body is made for flight.Know More
The chicken has a short, strong body with a broad, flat breastbone to support its flight muscles. Its legs are strong, both to push off at takeoff and to absorb the shock when landing. Its wings correspond to the hands in humans but lack the finger bones. The tail is short and made to support the tail feathers.
Also, unlike most mammals, chickens lay eggs. When the chicks hatch, the mother doesn't nurse them but leads them out to find food.Learn more in Chickens
The easiest way to tell if a chicken is a rooster is to see if it lays eggs or crows; if it crows, it is a rooster, and if it lays eggs, it is a hen. If the chicken is too young to lay eggs, additional clues, such as the color of its comb, can help determine the gender.Full Answer >
The weight of an average chicken varies depending on the breed. According to Farm Animal Shelters, female layer chickens tend to weigh between 5 to 13 pounds.Full Answer >
The Silkie is a breed of chicken known for its fluffy plumage and black skin and bones. Other distinctive traits of the Silkie include blue earlobes and five toes on each foot as opposed to the usual four in other chicken breeds.Full Answer >
A baby chicken is called a chick. While adults are referred to as chicken in the United States, in some countries like Australia and New Zealand, only the meat that is eaten is called chicken while birds are all called chicks.Full Answer >