Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 8 months ago

Why are chickens sometimes referred to as cocks even though they lack a penis?

6 Answers

  • 7 months ago

    It's because 'cock' is an abbreviation of the word, 'cockerel'. A cockerel is a young male chicken.

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  • Jim
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Chicks are undistinguished newborns or young,

    “cockerels” are male birds up to a year old,

    “pullets” are female birds up to a year old.

    “cock” describes a male bird over a year old.

    “hens” are female birds over a year old.


    Other trivia:

    - When birds pick on a sick or timid bird, they are "henpecked" usually causing death in the wild.

    - Chickenfeed is also known as 'scratch'.

    - Hens do NOT need to be with a rooster to lay eggs, most eggs we eat are not 'fertilized' but it's ok if the are. She lays an egg every day or 2.

    - Since the US washes eggs, this damages its naturally protective cuticle. It's cleaner but goes bad quicker!

    ++ When a rooster mates a hen, his injected semen is stored in numerous sperm storage tubules (SSTs) located in the area where the hen’s uterus joins the vagina. That is, provided the hen likes the rooster. If she doesn’t, she can squirt out the semen to avoid hatching his offspring. Hens can store sperm, even from multiple roosters, for about a month, and then start laying unfertilized eggs again.

    Source(s): I'm farm raised!
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  • 8 months ago

    It is the other way around, doofus.  Males (roosters) are cocks. Your penis got the slang term from them, not they got named after the penis.

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  • mokrie
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Cocks are the male roosters. And they DO have a penis.

    • Zirp
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      No. Cocks/roosters are male chickens, and birds don't have penises

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    A rooster, also known as a cockerel or cock, is a male gallinaceous bird, with cockerel being younger and rooster being an adult male chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). ... He guards the general area where his hens are nesting, and attacks other roosters that enter his territory.Cock: A male chicken, also called a rooster. Cockerel: A young rooster, under 1 year old.

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  • Jen
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    Cock is another word for a rooster. They aren't referring to the crass, slang term for a penis.

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