Chickens are the best animal you can have on a spaceship! They're pets that help out on the ship and can provide a viable food source. Of course, I got mine from a friend. I have no idea who got them off the planet. No one would go there. Of course!
Chickens are native to the interdicted world of Earth. They have proven unusually adaptable creatures. As a result, chicken eggs have become one of the most sought after gifts from Earth. Do be aware that not all eggs are fertilized and an unfertilized egg is good only for eating.
If you can aquire a female (known as a hen) and a male (rooster), you will have the building blocks for a useful flock. Ideally, you should start with at least 3 hens and one rooster.
Chickens are a plump and tasty bird species with two legs and two wings. They are covered in feathers of a variety of colors.
Genetics and Reproduction
Chickens lay about one egg every day. This egg may or may not be fertilized. After about 20 days, depending on the incubation method, the fertilized egg will hatch into a chick. You will need a male and a female to aquire fertilized eggs.
Growth Rate & Stages
Chicks can stand, walk, and eat when they hatch from their eggs. After about 20 weeks, they will become mature and can begin laying eggs. Chickens live around 7 years.
Ecology and Habitats
Chickens like to live in a well-lit space and light will encourage them to lay eggs.
Chickens have very little natural defenses against predators, so make sure you keep them protected.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Chickens need an adequate supply of fresh water, bugs and grass.
They eat small quantities of food throughout the day, leaning towards more protein in the warmer months and more carbohydrates in the colder months. If raising them in a season-less environment, just make sure they get a good blend of protein and carbohydrates. They are very adaptable in their diet, so you should be able to manufacture something they'll eat. Quality of food will influence the frequency of egg laying.
Generally friendly, these birds like to be in flocks. They learn by imprinting, which means that it is important to teach them the propper behaviors for surviving in the environment you have them in.
Surprisingly intelligent, they can be trained to push buttons with their beaks, and some owners have reported that they can be trained to perform routine ship maintenance. It is important to make sure that they learn proper higene behaviors for survival on a space ship before attempting to encourage these more advanced methods, however.
Chickens will form a heigherarchy naturally which is referred to as a pecking order. Those higher on the "pecking order" are allowed to peck those beneath them. By observing which individuals peck and which are pecked, you can determine the social structure of your flock.
Even on Earth, most chickens have been domesticated. Throughout the universe, the flocks that have been cultivated are domesticated.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Chickens and their eggs are an excellent food source. Even the feathers from these birds have uses as insulation!
Away from their native planet, chickens are frequently exploited to perform menial tasks, however they seem quite happy with their lot, especially when rewarded with food.
Chickens are extremely intelligent and are capable of differentiating individuals and doing basic math. They learn through example, a method called imprinting, and so you can teach them to do anything you'd like to! They're gregarious and eager to please, especially when learning is rewarded with tasty treats.
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