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|Urist likes chickens for their scratching.|
Not hunting/war trainable
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- A small domestic bird capable of flying short distances. It is prized for its tasty eggs.
Chickens are common domestic poultry known for their eggs and meat. Male chickens are known as roosters, female chickens are known as hens, and young chickens are known as chicks. Like other domestic poultry, they spend most of their time rooting around the ground, eating vermin.
Hens will lay between 4 and 15 eggs when provided with a nest box. A rooster is required to fertilize the eggs, however fertilization is not guaranteed. Once hatched, chicks will grow into adults in 1 year.
Economically speaking, eggs are a very good source of food (1 egg = 1 meal) - starting out with 5 hens and roosters on embark is an easy way to keep a new fortress fed until larger scale food production can be established. Long-term, egg production remains a viable food industry, though other domestic birds (such as turkeys) produce more eggs and meat.
Most fortresses will collect the eggs as fast as they are laid, but this will prevent expanding your chicken population. To deliberately expand the population (and provide chickens for a meat industry), simply forbid one or more stacks of eggs by pressing , select a nest box in use and press to forbid the eggs from being collected. Alternatively, deny your dwarves access to the nest boxes with locked doors. Be warned that large groups of chickens will require a significant amount of space for them to roam, otherwise they will quickly get into fights; additionally, failing to collect eggs may rapidly lead to a chicksplosion.
Some dwarves like chickens for their clucking and their scratching.
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For some reason, roosters give a skull more often than anything else. This may be because the butcher holds it by the throat when cut. It's a well known fact that chickens can run even after being beheaded. For more info see domestic animals' page.
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