How To Draw A Chicken

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Chicken in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Chicken.

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How to Draw a Chicken - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First draw the comb. This is the red bit on top of the head. It looks like a slightly curved fuzzy caterpillar.

Step 2: Next draw the tiny eye just below the top part of the comb. The pointy beak is right below the bottom of the comb. Add the round waddle under the beak.

Step 3: Continue the top line of the comb back to make the curved head. Draw a curved line down from the waddle to make the neck.

Step 4: Now draw the body and the back. The body line is on an angle down from the neck line. The back line continues the head line on a slight diagonal down and back.

Step 5: Next join the back line and the belly line to make the rest of the body and the tail. The tail is a small half triangle just below the back line. Do not make the tail too long.

Step 6: Draw the wing and the foot. The round wing starts at the bottom of the neck and curves back up to the middle of the back line. The foot is drawn directly from the bottom of the belly line. There are three long toes on the front and one tiny toes on the back. Make sure you make them sharp and pointy.

Step 7: Finally add the second leg behind the first leg. All you draw is a leg line down to one front pointy toe.

Interesting Facts about Chickens

Chickens are ground-feeding birds with heavy bodies that are part of the Phasianidae family of birds that also include the grouse, pheasant, turkey and partridge.

Ancestors of the chicken may have roamed with the dinosaurs such as the Tyrannosaurus rex!

Did you know?

  • With a population of over 50 billion, the chicken is the most widespread and common domesticated animal.
  • Chickens were first domesticated in Europe, Asia and Africa for the purpose of cockfighting.
  • Chickens will eat both plants and animals. They scratch the soil for seed and insects and even baby mice and lizards.
  • Male chickens are called roosters and usually have much more colorful feathers than female chickens, called hens.
  • Hens will often lay eggs in nests that already have eggs in them and have been known to take eggs from other nests.
  • Roosters often call to other chickens in the flock when they have found food so the other chickens can eat first.
  • Chickens that are raised for their meat are called broiler chickens, while chickens raised for their eggs are called egg-laying hens.

Since antiquity, the chicken has held amazing dominance in societies all over the world, from its contributions to the food we eat, to the inspiration it has delivered in art, religion and science.

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