Chicken

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Chicken

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Character Data
Japanese Name: ニワトリ
Romanised Name: Niwatori
First Featured in:  ?
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Distribution: Worldwide
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 7-8 years
Read More: Chicken
Conservation Status: Domesticated
Chicken Festival

“The reason I'm here is thanks to that kid. That's why I will imitate Red Junglefowl-chan from the deepest of my heart. Cock-a-doodle-doo~♪ Eh? That's not it? Such thing... ... One more time! Cock-a-doodle-doo♪”
Chicken's introduction

Chicken is a type of avian Friend which debuted on the official Kemono Friends website.

Appearance

Chicken has orange eyes and very long white hair that adopts several chicken-like features. Those including the portion of red hair projected upwards in the shape of a comb, the middlemost bang taking the shape of a beak, and the two red bangs at the side of her face, tied with a pair of white hair bands. She has a pair of animal wings on the top of her head and a a distinctive tail, with the main and lesser sickle feathers being of rather large size. She wears a white shirt with a cream colored vest, complementing her attire with a white collar tied with a big red ribbon and a red watch on her right hand. She wears a circular skirt matching her vest and yellow thigh high lace up boots, with white heels and toe caps.

In Real Life

The chicken was thought to be domesticated more than 10,000 years ago where the Indians and later the Vietnamese bred chickens for meat, feathers and eggs. The domestication of chickens is thought to have then spread rapidly across Asia and into Europe and Africa resulting in the chicken being the most widely farmed animal today.

There are thought to be at least 25 billion chickens worldwide, which is the highest population of any bird in the world. The chicken usually gets to about 40 cm tall and surprisingly, the chicken is one of the species of bird that is not very successful as far as flying is concerned. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds and the longest recorded distance is 301.5 feet.

The male chicken is typically referred to as a cockerel but is known as a rooster in some countries such as Australia. A female chicken is called a hen and the little, fluffy yellow babies are called chicks. Chickens can live for up to 4 or 5 years in the wild but many commercially farmed chickens usually do not exceed the age of one. Many chickens have been known to live for longer and the oldest recorded chicken was said to live until it was 16 years old.

Chickens are omnivorous animals meaning that they eat a mixture of plant and animal matter. Although chickens are commonly seen scratching on the ground in search of seeds, berries and insects, chickens have also been known to eat larger animals such as lizards and even small mice.

Chickens are easy prey for numerous predators including foxes, cats, dogs, racoons, snakes and even large rats. Chicken eggs are also a very popular snack for many of these animals and are also stolen by other animals including larger birds and weasels.

Chickens are kept by humans for their meat and eggs. Breeders tend to keep different types of chicken for these different purposes and meat chickens will often only reach 3 months old before they are killed, which is why it is crucial that chicken eaters ensure that the chicken they are eating has had the best existence possible in it's few months of life. The same principle applies to the egg laying chickens with the typical commercial hen laying around 300 eggs in one year. After that, the hens tend to start laying fewer eggs and are generally killed by their breeder.

Chickens are very sociable birds and are at their happiest when surrounded by other chickens. In one chicken flock, there can be any number of hens but generally only one cockerel who is the dominant male. The dominant cockerel pushes other cockerels out of their flock when they start becoming big enough to be a threat to him. The dominant male is usually the mating partner for all of the hens that he watches over.

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