read a few Australian blogs, and always smile when they refer to
chickens as “chooks”. That got me thinking about all of the names
we have for chickens, like…
- The obvious hen and rooster with chook and chicken referring to both.
- Chicks seem to have the
most pet names — peeps, diddles, diddlies, diddlers, dibs, deebers, and biddies.
- Hens come in next with biddies,
cacklers, broodies, sitters, layers, and pullets.
- Roosters can be cocks, cockerels, or capons.
- You can have a flock of
chickens and a brood, clutch, or chattering of chicks.
I also stumbled across
information that the term “chicken” used to refer only to chicks, with
the whole species being known as “domestic
fowl” or just “fowl.”
Did I miss any fun
chicken terms? I hope you’ll take a minute and leave a comment
with your own favorite chicken names.