Encounters: Dales, Cormyr, Sembia - Plains
Chicken (CR 1/8)
Alignment: Always neutral
Initiative: +1 (Dex); Senses: low-light vision, Listen +5, and Spot +7
AC: 13 (+2 size, +1 Dex), touch 13, flat-footed 11
Hit Dice: 1/4d8+1 (2 hp)
Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +2
Speed: 10 ft., fly 10 ft. (clumsy)
Space: 2-1/2 ft./0 ft.
Base Attack +0; Grapple -13
Attack: Peck +3 melee
Full Attack: Peck +3 melee
Damage: Peck 1d3-5
Special Attacks: -
Climate/Terrain: Temperate forests
Organization: Solitary of flock (domesticated)
Chickens are small omnivorous birds standing about 1 foot tall with a two foot wingspan. In the wild, they often scratch at the soil to search for seeds, insects and even larger animals such as lizards or young mice. The adult rooster can be distinguished from the hen by its comb.
Chickens may live for five to ten years, depending on the breed. A meat chicken will usually be slaughtered at about 14 weeks. A laying hen's egg-laying ability starts to decline after 12-months. They are generally slaughtered at 3 years.
Roosters can usually be differentiated from hens by their striking plumage of long flowing tails and shiny, pointed feathers on their necks (hackles) and backs (saddle) which are typically of brighter, bolder colors than those of females of the same species. Adult chickens have a fleshy crest on their heads called a comb or cockscomb, and hanging flaps of skin either side under their beaks called wattles. Both the adult male and female have wattles and combs, but in most breeds these are more prominent in males.
Domestic chickens are not capable of long distance flight, although lighter birds are generally capable of flying for short distances, such as over fences or into trees (where they would naturally roost). Chickens may occasionally fly briefly to explore their surroundings, but generally do so only to flee perceived danger.
Chickens are gregarious birds and live together in flocks. They have a communal approach to the incubation of eggs and raising of young. Individual chickens in a flock will dominate others, establishing a "pecking order", with dominant individuals having priority for food access and nesting locations.
Roosters crowing (a loud and sometimes shrill call) is a territorial signal to other roosters. However, crowing may also result from sudden disturbances within their surroundings. Hens cluck loudly after laying an egg, and also to call their chicks.
Chickens are extremely cautious, fleeing at the first sign of danger. However, if cornered or defending chicks, they can use their beaks for a nasty peck