Northumberland NGfL All About Animals (DOC)

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Female chickens are called hens. They lay

Habitat – Chickens are found in many parts of the world. On some
farms they stay outdoors during the day and sleep in a hen house
at night.

Size – Hens are about 35 cm tall and weigh about 2 -3 grams. A
hens wingspan is about 80 cm. The largest chicken egg on record
measured 30 cm.

Appearance – Chickens have brown, white or black feathers. They
have a small head with tiny eyes, two legs with 4 or 5 toes on each

Diet – Chickens eat seeds, grain worms and small insects in the
wild. On farms they are given cooked left over food and peelings.

Young - The female hen lays eggs. The eggs usually take about 20
days to hatch. The young are called chicks.

Interesting fact – Chickens lay different coloured eggs, from
white, to brown, to green, to pink, to blue.

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