Range: Domesticated World Wide
Habitat: Commercial production
to back yard enthusiast
Natural Diet: The original
jungle fowl stock was significantly more insectivores than the domestic chicken.
Various breeds of chickens eat a substantial amount of insect and plant matter
as they free range on small family farms and in back yard aviaries.
Depending on the time of year you
visit RainForest you may get to see chickens hatching in our nursery. We
actively breed several varieties of chickens throughout the year for young and
old alike to marvel at the process of watching little chicks emerge from a hard
The male (or Cock) Rhode Island
Red is a spectacular bird. The comb on the head is brilliant red with
multiple fingers well defined.
Rhode Island Reds
were once such a popular bird in their name State that they became the
official State bird! In the early days of small family farms the Rhode
Island Red was a staple bird, widely believed to have been one of the most
common of all barnyard fowl. With the migration to cities and smaller
suburban homes the popularity of keeping this bird dwindled as did their
making a comeback due to the massive resurgence in the hobby of back yard
poultry in the very homes that once abandoned the process! For the
average back yard hobbyist this bird offers it all. They're the
do-everything bird: they lay exceptionally well, they're valued for their
meat, they're extremely cold hardy, and hardy in general. In fact, if you're
not certain what type of bird to raise in your climate, chances are, the
Rhode Island Reds will do well.
Sadly, White Rhode
Islands don't enjoy nearly the same popularity despite all their redeeming
(Photo Credit ADL Photography)
A Silkie Chicken!
As the name would
lead you to believe, the Silkie chicken is actually very silky to the touch.
These remarkable looking birds are ornamental, meaning they are not
commercially gown for the use of food or egg production.
Originating from China these birds are considered to be one of the tamest
and best suited for children due to their almost pet like nature.
Also considered to be great "brooders" these birds are often used by
enthusiasts to sit on the eggs of other chicken species that are much less
inclined to sit on their own eggs.
Some of the more interesting and strange facts about this odd looking
bird are that they actually have five toes instead of the usual four and
have black skin!
Diet at Rain Forest: Prepared
poultry diet supplemented with ground beef and other meat products.
Size: 1.5 to 15 pounds
depending on variety.
Keepers Notes: Rainforest Adventures has a variety of chickens at one
time. We currently have Rhode Island Red, Silky, and Americana
Chickens in our outdoor aviary.
Status in Wild: Wild jungle
fowl are now quite rare in most of the animals former range. The worldwide
estimated number of domestic chicken is well over 40 billion!
zoo, Smoky Mountains, Tennessee near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN