Latin name Gallus gallus
Class Birds
Order Galiformes
Family Phasianidae
IUCN Status Domesticated
Habitat Domestic
Distribution Worldwide

General Information

Chickens are one of the most widespread domestic animals. They are mainly kept for meat, eggs and as show birds. In some parts of the world they are still kept as fighting birds. Chickens are omnivores and will eat seeds, plants, insects, even small lizards and mice. Cockerels have long flowing tail feathers and crow throughout the day to mark their territory. Chickens can only fly a short distance.

Lifespan: 5 – 10 years

Fun Fact

All chickens are descended from the red jungle fowl of India.

Keeper Notes

When our cockerel finds a tasty treat such as a worm he squawks a special call to attract his hens then drops the food for them to eat first. What a well-mannered chap he is!