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A Kindergartener's Poultry Dictionary

There is a lot of chicken talk around our house so I thought it would be fun to ask our 5-year-old, Little Chicken Tender, to define some poultry words.




beard (or muff) - fluff on the cheeks

beak - for pecking and eating

broody - when a chicken lays on the same egg thinking it's going to be a chick; it can be their egg or another chicken's egg

clutch - a whole bunch of eggs

comb - red stuff coming out of their head

coop - a house for chickens

The Saltbox Coop from My Pet Chicken

dust bath - how chickens take baths, where they get dirty and dust every morning



flock - a whole group of chickens

free-range - when chickens get to walk wherever they want and get to eat whatever they want

hen - a girl chicken

nest - a round stick thing that chickens lay eggs in

pecking order - where there is a leader chicken that tells all the other chickens what to do 

preen - when chickens clean their feathers with their beak

pullet - a young chicken

roost - a stick up high where chickens sleep

rooster - a boy rooster that tells you when to wake up with a cock-a-doodle-do

waddle - red stuff coming out of their chin

molt - when a chicken loses it's feather and then they grow back


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