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Infographic: Chicken Organs

Get an inside look at your chicken’s anatomy to understand what keeps it pecking around the barnyard.

Text and graphic design by Rachael Brugger, Associate Web Editor


Whether you raise chickens for meat, for eggs or simply as pets, having an understanding of how your chicken’s bodily systems function will make you a better chicken keeper overall. There’s a lot at work inside your birds, from the respiratory system to the digestive system and more, and having a firm grasp on the function of these systems will help you recognize health problems that might arise. Plus, as a farm-to-table eater, knowing which organs are edible will help you create a no-waste meal.

Click each term below to learn more about the inner-anatomy of your chickens. (Definitions adapted from resources provided by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.)


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I only remember eating the heart, gizzard, and of course, the liver.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/28/2013 7:24:39 PM
This was well done. The graphics are wonderful.
Kathleen, Coupeville, WA
Posted: 9/1/2011 5:39:54 PM
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