Chicken Lifecycle Wooden Puzzle with Image Tray
There are different kinds of chicken breeds, such as the White Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Bantams, etc. Irrespective of the kind of chicken, the life cycle will be the same for all. A chicken's life cycle has three distinctive stages: egg, chick, and chicken stage.
A Hen begins to lay eggs when she is 20 weeks of age. After the Hen lays her egg, the chick inside the egg will grow for 21 days. The baby chick uses the yolk in the egg for its nutrition as it grows bigger and bigger. The Hen maintains the necessary temperature for proper development of the chicks inside the eggs by sitting on them and keeping them warm. She also turns the eggs around with her beak. After this period of 21 days of incubation, the egg breaks and the wet chick cracks the shell and enters this world. They come with feathers called 'down', which dry fast. Chicks can walk as soon as they have hatched. Since chicks like their parent chickens lack teeth, they use their gizzards to break down their food into smaller bits. However, for this they need to be fed with a grainy substance called grit, which needs to be sprinkled in their food once the chicks become 1 week old. In 6 months, the chicks grow into adults.