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Chickens
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.17

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    populous, present-day, speculate, commonly, entertainment, descendents, fowl, daybreak, entire, equally, population, billion, scraps, among, whose, hesitate
     content words:    Persian Empire


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Chickens   

1     Chickens are the world's most common birds. With a population of over 19 billion, there are more chickens than humans on Earth! Indeed, if we were to divide the entire chicken population equally among humans, each human being would get about 2.75 chickens.
 
2     Chickens live in family groups, with a male chicken (called a rooster or a cock) guarding several female chickens (called hens) and their young (called chicks) protectively. If the rooster feels challenged by another rooster, he will not hesitate to fight! Aside from keeping a firm grasp over his flock of hens and chicks, the rooster is also in charge of looking out for predators such as foxes and snakes.
 
3     Chickens are diurnal, or active during the day. At daybreak, the rooster clears his throat and gives out loud calls announcing the time. Then, he and his family members start pecking the ground to search for food. Chickens feed on many things, including grains, seeds, fruits, worms, insects, and kitchen scraps.

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