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- A small domestic bird capable of flying short distances. It is prized for its tasty eggs.
Male chickens are known as roosters, and female chickens are known as hens. Young chickens are known as chicks.
Hens will lay between 4 and 15 eggs and require a nest box to lay the eggs in. A rooster is required to fertilize the eggs however fertilization is not guaranteed. Once hatched, chicks will grow into adults in 1 year.
Economically speaking, eggs are a very good source of food (1 egg = 1 meal) - starting out with 5 hens and rooster on embark is an easy way to keep a new fortress fed until larger scale food production can be established. Turkeys are more effective in the long run, as they have larger bodies (and therefore more butcherable meat) and lay larger clutches of eggs (10-14) at once; while chickens have a longer lifespan, permitting a number of turkey eggs to hatch will make this largely moot.
Be warned that large groups of chickens will require a significant amount of space for them to roam, otherwise they will quickly get into fights; additionally, failing to collect eggs may rapidly lead to a chickensplosion.
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For some reason, roosters give a skull more often than anything else. This may be because the butcher holds it by the throat when cut. It's a well known fact that chickens can run even after being beheaded. For more info see domestic animals' page
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