What Do You Call A Group Of Chickens? Glorious Facts You Must Read!

Oluniyi Akande
Jan 23, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on Mar 09, 2022
What Do You Call A Group Of Chickens? Glorious Facts You Must Read!
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One of the most common questions people ask is, 'What is a collective group of chickens called?'

It's a question that typically arises from children asking their parents, or from adults who have spent years under the assumption that these birds aren't classified by a biological gender. In the United States, these birds are the most common type of poultry.

More than 8 billion chickens are raised for meat every year. A chicken is classified based on its gender; male chickens have masculine features, like large combs and wattles on its head.

A group of chickens is a fun addition to any backyard. A group of chicks, also known as a flock, are interesting creatures. There are so many fun facts that you may not know about a chicken, like the sound a chicken makes when it peeps, or how the females lay eggs and the males guard them. And did you also know that in Australia, the slang term for a female chicken is 'chook'?Read on to learn more about these birds and other poultry facts.

What do you call a group of chickens?

A group of chickens is called a flock. Interestingly, the word 'flock' also has another meaning, as it can refer to a group of sheep or other animals. Groups of hens are also sometimes called a flock.

Moreover, a group of chickens can be called a brood. Interestingly, a group of baby geese is called a gaggle while a group of baby ducks is called a raft.

Eggs are laid all day long, not just before daybreak, as many of us may think. Eggs can be laid from early morning until late evening. This makes them more like mammals than other birds, which lay only once per day. The exception is the egg-laying breed called the Araucanas, who only lay during the middle of the night.

What is a group of baby chickens called?

When young chickens hatch from eggs, they are collectively called chicks, and when they are small, they are called keets.

Now that you know a little more about chicks, let us learn about young chickens. A group of baby chicks is called a clutch or nest full. A clutch of eggs refers to a group of eggs laid by the same bird or laid in close succession.

It\u2019s the female who protects and watches over her eggs, while the male chases off predators or acts as a lookout.

What do you call a group of chickens that lay eggs?

A group of chickens that lay eggs is called layers.

Female chickens have a collective name called hens, while male chickens are called roosters. A group of chickens is typically called a flock or a henhouse. The collective term for a group of hens is also a flock. The male chicken is also called a cockerel. About one in every 20 chicks is a cockerel.

Female chickens lay eggs, and the males fertilize the eggs that the females lay.

A chicken lays eggs every day. It is not necessary that they lay exactly one egg per day. For example, a hen can lay three eggs in one day and then may not lay for another two days. Each hen has her times of fertility and lays at her own pace, but she will continue to produce eggs until she dies.

Baby chicks, or keets, are fed with starter feed to ensure that they develop a strong immune system.

You can easily note the difference between a male chicken (a rooster) and a hen. A rooster has a larger comb on his head, and his hackles (the feathers on the back of his neck) will be raised. He will also have a thicker tail than a hen. Hens are smaller and have less feathering on their heads and necks. Their tails are more slender.

How long do chickens live?

The lifespan of chickens is about 7-11 years. The breed of chicken, whether it lives inside or outdoors, and the way it is treated can influence its lifespan.

The average lifespan of a chicken is around six years, but some chickens can live up to 12 years. Chickens are considered adults at about four months old. Then, they lay eggs regularly and their combs and wattles will be fully developed. Chickens reach adulthood at six months old. Hens usually lay eggs for about two years and then stop laying eggs.

Roosters can continue to fertilize eggs even after they’ve stopped laying eggs themselves. So, the average lifespan of a chicken is six years, but a chicken can live up to 12 years. Roosters usually crow when they are four to five months old, hens lay eggs for about two years, and roosters fertilize eggs even after they stop laying eggs themselves. A chicken is considered an adult at about four months old.

Did You Know...

A hen is an adult female chicken. A hen is typically smaller than a rooster. A female chicken lays eggs and can be used for meat. Hens are kept as a part of livestock in many parts of the world. Some people may keep a hen as a pet.

The average weight of a chicken is between 4-7 lbs (1.81-3.17 kg). It may vary from heavy breeds, like the Plymouth Rock, to bantams that weigh only 2-3 lbs (0.90-1.36 kg). Their weight often depends on how much protein they are given in their diet and how they are fed.

A rooster will protect a clutch of eggs by standing over them and guarding them. He will also warn the hens of danger. If a predator approaches, the rooster will sound the alarm and the hens will take cover. The rooster may also try to drive off the predator.

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Written by Oluniyi Akande

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Oluniyi AkandeDoctorate specializing in Veterinary Medicine

With an accomplished background as a Veterinarian, SEO content writer, and public speaker, Oluniyi brings a wealth of skills and experience to his work. Holding a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan, he provides exceptional consulting services to pet owners, animal farms, and agricultural establishments. Oluniyi's impressive writing career spans over five years, during which he has produced over 5000 high-quality short- and long-form pieces of content. His versatility shines through as he tackles a diverse array of topics, including pets, real estate, sports, games, technology, landscaping, healthcare, cosmetics, personal loans, debt management, construction, and agriculture.

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