Bantam: chicken variety that is about half the size of the standard breed of chickens.
These breeds are usually bred for ornamental reasons.
Brood: this could either mean the hens incubating their chicks or a flock of baby
Broodiness: a chicken’s desire to incubate their babies... unfertilized or fertilized.
Capon: a rooster that has been castrated.
Clutch: fertilized egg groups that hens tend to incubate.
Cockerel: a juvenile or young rooster.
Comb: this is the rubbery, red flat piece of flesh hanging on top of a chicken’s
head. Roosters have a more prominent comb than hens.
Dust bath: A pattern of chicken behavior wherein they dig a hole in the ground and
immerse their bodies in earth that has been loosened. They will get down and dirty
until they get satisfied. Bathing in dust is a kind of defense mechanism to protect
chickens from lice and mites that may invade their feathers and feed on their blood.
A dust bath can either be natural or artificial.
Fertilized egg: an egg that came from mating of a rooster and a hen and is destined
to become a baby.
Grit: bits of rock or sand bits that chickens tend to eat and is stored in the crop
that is important for good digestion.
Hackles: chicken’s neck feathers.
Hen: female chicken.
Molt or molting: this is the process of feather shedding and re-growing which happens
once a year. When molting season comes, laying season is suspended.