as of 2002-08-17
A chicken is a type of domesticated bird which is usually raised as a type of poultry. It is believed to be descended from the wild Asian Red Junglefowl, Gallus gallus.
Male chickens, known as cockerels (if younger than one year old) or roosters, are common symbols of masculinity, and their natural inclination to fight has been exploited in staged cockfights, sometimes with a metal spike added to or replacing the natural spurs. Most countries have banned cockfighting.
Chicken can be prepared as food in a large number of ways. Common traditional European/North-American methods include roasting, baking, and frying. Their eggs are also eaten.