A chicken is a type of domesticated fowl and one of the most common and widespread domestic animals.[1]


Chickens were kept as pets by the wizarding community. The Weasley family kept chickens in a large chicken coop at the Burrow. Fleur Delacour once stated that there isn't much to do at the Burrow, "unless you like cooking and chickens".[2] Rubeus Hagrid kept chickens and roosters beside his hut, some of which were killed during 1992 by Ginny Weasley while she was under the control of Tom Riddle.[3]

Chicken meat is a popular ingredient in both Muggle and wizarding cuisine.

Although chickens do not harness any magical ability, they can be altered by magic to become magical creatures, for instance, Bob confiscated a fire-breathing chicken due to breaches of the Ban on Experimental Breeding, and Babayaga, a Russian hag, lived in a house standing on giant chicken legs.[4] A chicken egg hatched under a toad will produce a Basilisk, King of the Serpents, however, the cry of a rooster is fatal to the Basilisk.[5][6] This is why Tom Riddle ordered Ginny Weasley to kill all the roosters surrounding Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as to ensure the welfare of his Basilisk.[7] A baby dragon must be fed a bucket of brandy mixed with chicken blood every half an hour.

The Weasley twins created two products with a chicken theme, Rubby O' Chicken, a rubber chicken bewitched to perform an Irish stepdance, and trick wands, some of which were bewitched to transform into a rubber chicken whenever touched. The spell Pullus Jinx transfigures Erklings and other creatures/objects into either chickens or geese.[8] The Cockatrice is extremely similar to a rooster, however, instead of a feathered tail it has the tail of a lizard.[6]

Known Chickens

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