Your students should read the book A Chicken Followed Me Home! They should then answer these questions on their student sheet.
What does your chicken eat?
Chickens eat seeds, nuts, insects, and grain.
What kinds/breeds of chickens are there?
You can go to Chicken Breeds List and click on the breeds mentioned in the book to see actual photos of the birds and information on them.
What is a female chicken called? What is a male chicken called? What are some of the differences between them?
A female chicken is called a hen. A male chicken is called a rooster. A hen lays eggs and her comb, tail, and wattles are often smaller than that of a rooster. Roosters crow—“cock-a-doodle-doo!”
What kinds of animals might want to eat your chicken?
Predators such as hawks, badgers, foxes, snakes, raccoons, dogs, etc., might want to eat a chicken.
How do you keep your chicken safe?
Build or buy her/them a protected shelter, a chicken coop, with nesting boxes and a perch.
How many eggs does your chicken lay a week? A year?
A chicken can lay 5 or 6 eggs a week. She can lay up to 300 eggs in a year.
If you want baby chicks instead of just eggs, what do you need?
What is a group of fertilized eggs called?
It is called a clutch.
How long does it take an egg to become a chick?
It takes 21 days for an egg to become a chick. Show students the last page of A Chicken Followed Me Home! for the development of a fertilized chicken egg.
How long before a chick grows up?
A chick is fully grown after one year.