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Chicks

A pair of chicks on a log at Whitehouse Farm

Order:

Calliformes

Family:

Phasianidae

Group:

Brood

Male:

Cock

Female:

Hen

Young:

Chick

Lifespan:

5 - 11 years

Gestation:

21 days

Distribution:

Worldwide

Habitat:

Open woodland and sheltered grassland

Diet:

omnivorous - Seeds, fruit, insects and berries

Conservation Status:

Least Concern
Fact

The chicken is one of the most common and wide-spread domestic animals. With a population of more than 24 billion in 2003, there are more chickens in the world than any other bird. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, for both their meat and their eggs.

 

Did you know?

The humble chicken is thought to originate from the red jungle fowl and the grey jungle fowl, found in the rainforests of India.