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Chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) are a domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. As one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 19 billion in 2011, there are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird or domestic animal. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs.


  • Well they are very frightening for me because their stupidity is so flat. You look into the eyes of a chicken and you lose yourself in a completely flat, frightening stupidity. They are like a great metaphor for me... I kind of love chicken, but they frighten me more than any other animal.
    • Werner Herzog, on the Signs of Life (1968) DVD audio commentary (2005).


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 124.
  • Good-morrow to thy sable beak,
    And glossy plumage, dark and sleek,
    Thy crimson moon and azure eye,
    Cock of the heath, so wildly shy!
  • While the cock with lively din
    Scatters the rear of darkness thin,
    And to the stack or the barn door
    Stoutly struts his dames before.
  • The cock, that is the trumpet to the morn,
    Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat
    Awake the god of day.
  • Hark, hark! I hear
    The strain of strutting chanticleer
    Cry, cock-a-diddle-dow.


  • Alas! my child, where is the Pen
    That can do justice to the Hen?
    Like Royalty, she goes her way,
    Laying foundations every day,
    Though not for Public Buildings, yet
    For Custard, Cake and Omelette.
    Or if too old for such a use
    They have their fling at some abuse
    As when to censure Plays Unfit
    Upon the stage they make a Hit
    Or at elections seal the Fate
    Of an Obnoxious Candidate.
    No wonder, Child, we prize the Hen,
    Whose Egg is Mightier than the Pen.
    • Oliver Herford, The Hen, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 365.

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