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Life Cycle of a Chicken

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 A hen may lay 300 eggs in a year, but only if a rooster is present can the eggs contain hatchlings. Eggs take 21 days to hatch, but a newly hatched chick is up and moving within a day. Within three months, the chick has lost its yellow feathers and replaced them with adult feathers, ready to start the cycle again.

Scientific Name: Gallus domesticus

Characteristics: Can’t get to a farm? Learn about the life cycle of a chicken with these easy-to-handle figures.

Size and Colour: Bright yellow baby chicks are as cute as can be, but in only a few days, they begin losing their feathers and transitioning to adulthood. These figures show the process, right up to the 3-inch-tall adult chicken.

Age: 4+ years