Before going fully into the meaning of the term chicken, we are going to know its etymological origin. In this case, we can underline that it is a word that derives from Latin, specifically from “hen”, which is how the female of the rooster (“gallus”) is called.
It is called chicken yet bird which is part of the order of species galliformscharacterized by their short and somewhat curved beak, their at also short and their sturdy legs. Chickens, whose feathers are glossy, have a fleshy reddish crest.
The term is often used as a synonym for rooster, although generally the male is called a rooster and a hen to the female of the species whose scientific name is Gallus gallus domesticus. Comparing between the two, the hen is smaller and has a smaller crest than the rooster.
Of domestic chickens, it should be noted that they can be found in all corners of the world, that they fly very badly unlike other birds, that they are animals that have a clear hierarchy among them and that have become a species that has come to form a fundamental part of human nutrition. And it is that they provide eggs and, in addition, they provide their meat.
There are many breeds of chickens, which usually live between five and ten years. They are omnivorous animals that cackle, emitting a sound similar to “Cló-cló”. In the case of roosters (males), they also sing (“Quiquiriquí”). On the other hand, the hen has a capacity to flight limited, although it is able to move to somewhat elevated places when in danger.
Chickens are usually raised by man to take advantage of their meat and their eggs. It is common for hens to lay one egg a day for eight, nine or ten days. After laying, the bird is responsible for incubating it, giving it heat and rotating it until the moment of hatching (which occurs about twenty-one days after laying).
In the same way, we cannot ignore that there is a traditional game that bears the word in its name in its name. We are referring to the blind man’s buff, in which the players you want can participate. It basically consists of one of the participants, blindfolded, trying to catch the others. And for this you will have to make special use of senses such as hearing.
A painting by Francisco de Goya that represents the development of this game is very famous, and it is titled “Blind Chicken”. He painted it between the years 1788 and 1792, after Carlos IV came to the throne, and he intended to decorate the room of the infantas in the Palace of El Pardo with it.
In a symbolic sense, the notion of hen is used to qualify an individual fearful or scary. For example: “Don’t be a chicken and go claim what is yours!”, “Esteban is a good boy, but a little chicken”, “When Pedro started yelling at him, Ramiro’s chicken kept quiet”.