Hen protecting her Chicks


20 x 11 x 15 cm

Safe and warm, nestled under Mum’s blanket of feathers, just where a chick ought to be with Mum keeping a watchful eye over proceedings.

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Hen protecting her Chicks

Safe and warm, nestled under Mum’s blanket of feathers, just where a chick ought to be with Mum keeping a watchful eye over proceedings.




There are more chickens in the world than any other bird. They are reared as a source of food, for both their meat and their eggs.Genetic studies have pointed to origins in Southeast and South Asia.  From India, the domesticated chicken was imported to Lydia in western Asia Minor, and to Greece by the fifth century BC. The “bird that gives birth every day” having been known in Egypt since the mid-15th century BC.

Chickens are gregarious birds and live together as a flock with a distinct hierarchy or “pecking order.” with dominant individuals having priority for food access and nesting locations. Removing hens or cockerels from a flock causes a temporary disruption to this social order until a new pecking order is established. They would naturally spend their day foraging for food, scratching the ground looking for insects and seeds.When a cockerel finds food, he may call the hens to eat it by clucking in a high pitch and picking up and dropping the food. This behaviour can also be seen in mother hens, calling their chicks.

Chickens tend to range widely, using the cover of trees and vegetation for safety from predators.

Chickens are omnivores. In the wild, they often scratch at the soil to search for seeds, insects and even animals as large as lizards, small snakes or young mice.

They may live for five to ten years, depending on the breed.

Adult chickens have a fleshy crest on their heads called a comb, or cockscomb, and hanging flaps of skin either side under their beaks called wattles. Both the adult male and female have wattles and combs, but in most breeds these are more prominent in males, so the adult cock or rooster can usually be distinguished from the hen by his larger comb and striking plumage of long flowing tail and shiny, pointed feathers on his neck and back, which are typically of brighter, bolder colours than those of females of the same breed. Cocks will eventually develop spurs on their legs.  Domestic chickens are not capable of long distance flight, although lighter birds are generally capable of flying for short distances, such as over fences or into trees (where they would naturally roost). Chickens may occasionally fly briefly to explore their surroundings, but generally do so only to flee perceived danger.

The hen welfare trust rescues battery hens and campaigns for better conditions for chickens, to find out more go to http://www.bhwt.org.uk