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The Chicken Quiz

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Ready for the chicken quiz?

What do you know about chickens? Chooks? Roosters? Hens? Banties? Chickens are fascinating, but many people don't know that much about them.

Think you know all about our feathered friends?

Take this quiz and see if you can answer all the questions about chickens correctly, then share it with your friends to see who knows more about these fascinating poultry.

Do you think you'll be cock-of-the-walk when you're done?

The Chicken Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What do you call a miniature chicken?
    • Featherweight
    • Bantam
    • Standard
    • Giant
    • Peewee
  2. How many days does it take for a chicken egg to hatch?
    • 65 days
    • 3 months
    • 28 days
    • 21 days
    • 12 days
  3. Modern chickens most likely evolved from what other animal?
    • Junglefowl
    • Peacocks
    • Quail
    • Doves
    • Geese
  4. Purebred Araucana chickens lay what color eggs?
    • Blue
    • Mauve
    • Ecru
    • White
    • Brown
  5. The red thing on top of a chicken's head is called a what?
    • Wattle
    • Comb
    • Hackle
    • Spur
    • Berry
  6. What is a cockerel?
    • A female that is laying eggs
    • The ruling rooster
    • A young male chicken
    • A hen that turns into a rooster
    • An older rooster that is used primarily for breeding
  7. Baby chicks escape their eggs primarily by using what?
    • Their clawed feet
    • The mother chicken
    • A special, extra-hard claw
    • A tooth on their beak
    • Their rapier-sharp wit
  8. The smallest breed of chicken is what?
    • Old English Game
    • Leghorn
    • Japanese
    • Serama
    • Modern Game
  9. The sharp points on the legs of most roosters and some hens are called what?
    • Daggers
    • Heels
    • Keratins
    • Picks
    • Spurs
  10. A hen that wants to sit on and hatch eggs is called a what?
    • A broody
    • A pullet
    • A cock
    • A capon
    • A peon

Answer Key

  1. Bantam
  2. 21 days
  3. Junglefowl
  4. Blue
  5. Comb
  6. A young male chicken
  7. A tooth on their beak
  8. Serama
  9. Spurs
  10. A broody

Learn More About Chickens

Chickens in Miniature

What do you call a miniature chicken?

  • Featherweight
  • Bantam
  • Standard
  • Giant
  • Peewee

Chickens can vary a lot in size. They can range from about the size of a soda can to that of a breadbox. Normal sized chickens are called standards, but small chickens are called bantams or banty chickens.

Some breeds of chickens come in both a standard size and a bantam size. An example of this is cochins. Standard cochins are huge. A cochin rooster can be around two feet tall. While a bantam cochin is usually around the size of a head of cabbage.

While some breeds of chickens have both, some chickens only come in standard sizes, while others only come in bantam sizes. Sebrights, for example, are only bantams, and small bantams at that.

What do you call a miniature chicken? - A Bantam

A bantam hen on my hand

A bantam hen on my hand

Hatching Chicken Eggs

How many days does it take for a chicken egg to hatch?

  • 65 days
  • 3 months
  • 28 days
  • 21 days
  • 12 days

Chicken eggs that you want to have hatch into baby chicks need to be incubated, either by an incubator or a broody hen. The eggs must be kept at 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit (in a still-air incubator) or at 99.5 (in a forced-air incubator) for 21 consecutive days once they start to be incubated or else the baby chicks will die.

For the first 18 days of the incubation period, the eggs also need to be turned over regularly, this helps prevent the chick from getting glued to the inside of the shell and helps to make the chick turn out well without birth defects. The eggs need to be turned at least twice a day, though an odd number of times is preferable since that way the chick doesn't sit overnight twice in a row on the same side. Turning the eggs five times each day is the best. Luckily, for those who can afford a better model, some incubators come with automatic turners so you don't have to do it by hand. All turning must stop on the 18th day though, since after that point the chick will start aligning itself to peak its way out of the top of the egg.

Each day the baby chick grows a little larger, consumes a bit more of the egg yolk, and the air sack inside the egg gets a bit smaller. By the time the chick hatches, it will be big enough to survive outside the egg, the egg yolk will be totally consumed and the air sack will be gone.

From Egg to Chick

Chickens Are Mutated Junglefowl

Modern chickens most likely evolved from what other animal?

  • Junglefowl
  • Peacocks
  • Quail
  • Doves
  • Geese

Chickens evolved from a chicken-resembling pheasant called the Junglefowl. Most likely they came from the Red Junglefowl, but there is some debate as to whether Grey Junglefowl had a part in their creation.

From Wikipedia: "The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical member of the Pheasant family. It is thought to be ancestral to the domestic chicken, with some hybridisation with the Grey Junglefowl. The Red Junglefowl was first domesticated at least five thousand years ago in Asia, then taken around the world, and the domestic form is kept globally as a very productive food source of both meat and eggs."

Modern chickens evolved from what other animal? - Junglefowl

Junglefowl Pheasant

Junglefowl Pheasant

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Combing Their Feathers

The red thing on top of a chicken's head is called a what?

  • Wattle
  • Comb
  • Hackle
  • Spur
  • Berry

That red thing on top of a chicken's head is called a comb. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Rosecombs have tight combs that are bunched like a rose. Leghorns have flat, floppy combs that tilt to one side. Buttercups have combs that look like a crown.

The red thing on top of a chicken's head is called what? - A Comb

Rooster with a big bright comb

Rooster with a big bright comb

Young Male Chickens

What is a cockerel?

  • A female that is laying eggs
  • The ruling rooster
  • A young male chicken
  • A hen that turns into a rooster
  • An older rooster that is used primarily for breeding

A cockerel is a young cock or rooster, a male chicken. A young female chicken is called a pullet, while an older female chicken is called a hen.

What is a cockerel? - A young male chicken

A cockerel, a young male chicken

A cockerel, a young male chicken

Hatching from an Egg

Baby chicks escape their eggs primarily by using what?

  • Their clawed feet
  • The mother chicken
  • A special, extra-hard claw
  • A tooth on their beak
  • Their rapier-sharp wit

In the picture below, can you see the tiny yellow tip on the end of the chick's beak? That's called an egg tooth. It usually falls off within three days. It is used to crack the egg from the inside during hatching.

Baby chicks escape their eggs primarily by using what? - An egg tooth

An Egg Tooth on a Baby Chick

An Egg Tooth on a Baby Chick

Seramas: The World's Smallest Chicken

The smallest breed of chicken is what?

  • Old English Game
  • Leghorn
  • Japanese
  • Serama
  • Modern Game

Seramas are the smallest breed of chicken. They come in several sizes depending on how small they are, though all are tiny. There are no standard sized Seramas, they are considered a true bantam in that there is no full-sized version.

Old English Games and Japanese Bantams are also true bantams, and though they too are very small, they are just a bit bigger than Seramas. Bantam Modern Games are also small, but with their extremely long legs they look huge in comparison to Seramas. Leghorns are the most common laying type of chickens, and while small for a standard sized chicken, even their bantam version is not as small as Seramas.

The smallest breed of chicken is what? - Serama

Serama Hen

Serama Hen

Learn More About Different Chicken Breeds

Laying Blue Eggs

Purebred Araucana chickens lay what color eggs?

  • Blue
  • Mauve
  • Ecru
  • White
  • Brown

Araucana hens lay eggs that are a beautiful sky blue. Because Araucanas can be difficult to breed, they are often mixed with other chicken breeds. When mated to other breeds of chickens the egg colors can vary widely, producing olive eggs, purple, pink, and mint. Often chickens sold as Araucanas are mixed breeds that will not produce the pure blue of the purebred chickens.

Blue Egg and Brown Eggs

An Araucana egg with some brown eggs

An Araucana egg with some brown eggs

Sharp Defensive Weapons

The sharp points on the legs of most roosters and some hens are called what?

  • Daggers
  • Heels
  • Keratins
  • Picks
  • Spurs

Most roosters and even some hens have spurs. These pointed protuberances are a way to defend a chicken's territory and flock. The size, shape, and sexual dimorphism of spurs is related to the breed of chicken, so some breeds have certain spurs. The behavior and environment also play a role.

The sharp points on the legs of most roosters and some hens are called what? - Spurs

Rooster Spurs

Rooster Spurs

Sitting Around Hatching Eggs

A hen that wants to sit on and hatch eggs is called a what?

  • A broody
  • A pullet
  • A cock
  • A capon
  • A peon

A hen that wants to sit on and hatch eggs is called a broody. This can also be a term used to describe their behavior since broodiness can vary depending upon time of year.

As we have adjusted chickens' natural behavior to fit our needs, we have also impacted whether a hen will try to hatch her own eggs. Hens that want to sit on eggs do not like to give them away for our breakfast. They may hide their nests or steal eggs from other hens or attack anyone trying to remove eggs. They tend to lay less because they are sitting and trying to hatch eggs.

In past times, these hens could be handy to hatch out a batch of eggs when the farmer wanted new chickens to add to the flock. Now though, we tend to use incubators which have more consistent hatching rates with no fear that it will suddenly decide it doesn't want to hatch anything halfway through the incubation period.

Some breeds of chickens tend to be broody more than others, and some people keep those breeds solely to have a broody hen around to hatch eggs.

A hen that wants to sit on and hatch eggs is called a what? - A broody

Broody Hen and her Chicks

Broody Hen and her Chicks

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How Did You Do on the Chicken Quiz?

Did you take the chicken quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun? What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know then scroll down to see explanations of the answers on the quiz.

© 2009 Alisha Vargas

Comments About the Quiz - How did you do?

Scindhia from Chennai on May 10, 2014:

Good quiz!

GEMNITYA5 on April 24, 2014:

You Deserve A Hug, Really, it made me remember my childhood days, when I had lots of Chickens in my house Backyard. I had their memories captured in photos.

Thank u for making my day :)

Blessings

GEM

Lynn Klobuchar on January 12, 2014:

Interesting. 100 years ago we probably were raising our own chickens and knew more about them.

gamefreak321 on October 27, 2013:

The only thing I know about chickens are they taste good on my plate. :)

Oosquid on May 26, 2013:

I learned all I know from Cornall Saunders. Enjoyed taking your quiz.

ConvenientCalendar on May 04, 2013:

Great quiz! I learned a lot!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 29, 2013:

Very good quiz about chickens I didn't realize I knew so much about them

anonymous on February 26, 2013:

chicken boy

suepogson on January 06, 2013:

I guessed a coupl but got them ll right!

Laura from Australia on January 01, 2013:

6/10 just passed lol

anonymous on November 02, 2012:

i got 8 out of 10.

And by the way does any one know where i could get some Chinese silkes, which are cheap. And i don't mind what colour.

Thankyou:) <3 <3 <3 <3

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on June 26, 2012:

Hi great quiz on chickens, I love chickens. Keeping chicken is a great hobby, they make fun pets.

anonymous on May 19, 2012:

Stupid got them all right. Only for very beginner people

greenlungsofpoland on February 10, 2012:

Great quiz well thought out love it

anonymous on January 26, 2012:

It took me three times to get 100, the first time I got a 65, then 2nd time 70 and third time was a charm 100

Country Sunshine from Texas on January 24, 2012:

Love the quiz, and love chickens. perfect pair!

Traceeshobbies on January 17, 2012:

Fun!

TeagueChubak LM on January 17, 2012:

Loved this!

Inkhand on January 14, 2012:

That was fun, thanks.

poppy mercer from London on January 10, 2012:

I Love Chickens...so thank you

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on January 06, 2012:

I knew more about chickens than I thought! Thanks for a great quiz!

anonymous on January 06, 2012:

Great - I knew all the answers!

E L Seaton from Virginia on January 01, 2012:

Got them all!! I still got the country touch. Finally a quiz the COUNTRYLUTHIER could excell at. Thanks and Happy New Year!!!!!

anonymous on December 25, 2011:

great quiz! Using this for my 4H group, thank you for sharing! :)

anonymous on November 04, 2011:

Great lens! One big squid thumbs up vote left!

anonymous on October 31, 2011:

Great - loved this quiz - good questions not too hard about the right level to get you thinking - if they were too hard then you would just give up!

anonymous on October 30, 2011:

10/10

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on June 26, 2011:

9/10, I am almost an expert!

anonymous on June 15, 2011:

@anonymous: haha, I aced it too. 10/10

thesevenfigures on May 21, 2011:

Thought i knew more arrgh!

akumar46 lm on April 30, 2011:

Thanks for such wonderful lens on Chicken.

anonymous on April 16, 2011:

This was fun! Now, fellow chicken owners raise your hand!! ^_^

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 16, 2011:

At least I didn't chicken out!

HighMaintenanceFarmWife on March 28, 2011:

Oh how fun! I really had to think about a few of them, especially how many days it takes to lay an egg. The only reason I knew about Seramas is because my sister just loves them.

Cheryl57 LM on January 17, 2011:

I learned that the Serama is the smallest breed of chickens. My Grandma had Guinea Hens, they were very effective watch "dogs"!

jasminesphotogr on January 13, 2011:

Only got 2 right! Loads of fun, I learned a lot. :D

Senora M on December 03, 2010:

i should have done better! we have 8 chickens in a coop my husband built! thanks for the quiz!

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Katherine T from London on November 29, 2010:

Not very good! :( But then I've never kept chickens! :)

anonymous on October 18, 2010:

70%! I'm on a roll! Great quiz and now I know the 3 answers I missed, just my luck that nobody will ask me those!

The Afrikan on September 14, 2010:

40%

:(

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on September 10, 2010:

I really like chickens. That was a good quiz.

julieannbrady on September 10, 2010:

That was a lot of fun! Thanks for the fun quiz.

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on September 10, 2010:

Wow, I knew more than I thought. I didn't know what a young rooster was called though. Fun!

anonymous on September 09, 2010:

Yes, I did learn someting new (don't ask about my score ok? LOL)

anonymous on August 19, 2010:

I only got one wrong =)

anonymous on May 25, 2010:

really quite a cool quiz did i say that my fav animal is a chicken

Airinka on April 06, 2010:

really hard :)

LarryCoffey LM on March 20, 2010:

I guessed a lot. Guess I need to study more. :p

mmakeruk on December 27, 2009:

guessed a lot - good knowledge quiz

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