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Chicken

Gallus gallus domesticus

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Class: Bird
Weight: 2 to 7 pounds
Life span: 5 to 10 years
Conservation status: Common
Number of offspring: 1 egg per day

About

I LIVE IN ASIA

Chickens are native to areas of southeast Asia, but have since been introduced to other countries globally.


I AM AM OMNIVORE

Chickens maintain an omnivorous diet including a wide variety of plants and seeds, as well as invertebrates and small vertebrates like small reptiles and mice.


CHICKENS ARE SOCIAL

Chickens are very social animals and often live in large flocks. Within a flock, there is a very clear social system in which there is one cockerel that all other chickens follow.


FAMOUS RELATIVES

Chickens are the closest living relatives to dinosaurs. Scientists discovered in 2007 that chicken DNA looks similarly and contains remnants of dinosaur DNA.


HELPING CHICKENS IN THE WILD

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

As omnivores, chickens play a very important role in keeping insect populations under control, as well as seed dispersal.


Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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