Chicken

Domestic Chicken
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Genus:Gallus
Species
Gallus gallus
Gallus lafayetii
Gallus sonneratii
Gallus varius
Reference: 176085
as of 2002-08-17

A chicken is a type of domesticated bird which is usually raised as a type of poultry. It is believed to be descended from the wild Asian Red Junglefowl, Gallus gallus.


Baby chickens (chicks)

Male chickens, known as cockerels (if younger than one year old) or roosters, are common symbols of masculinity, and their natural inclination to fight has been exploited in staged cockfights, sometimes with a metal spike added to or replacing the natural spurs. Most countries have banned cockfighting.

Chicken can be prepared as food in a large number of ways. Common traditional European/North-American methods include roasting, baking, and frying. Their eggs are also eaten.

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