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## Comparing the competitive nature of roosters and hens

### Materials

The materials required for the experiment are as follows:

-    Three 1 month old roosters
-    Three 1 month hold hens
-    Three 6 months old roosters
-    Three 6 months old hens
-    a bag of chicken feed
-    an area that is fenced
-    a feeding tray
-    a log that is 3meters long and 0.3 meters thick
-    2 chicken cages
-    an assistant
-    a stop watch

### Procedure

1.    For this experiment, the independent variables are the chickens’ age and gender. The dependent variable is the amount of time the chickens take to reach their food. Use a stopwatch to time them. The constant (control variable) are the distance between the cage and the chicken feed.

2.    Use roosters and hens of 2 age groups: 1 month and 6 months. There should be 3 chickens from each age group. Fence an area that is 3m wide and 5m long. House the 12 chickens in 2 cages, according to their age. No food should be given to them 12h before the experiment.

3.    Test the 1 month old chickens first. Place the cage 4meters from a food tray filled with chicken feed. Time how long it takes for the chickens to reach the tray once the cage is opened. Calculate the average amount of time the 3 roosters and 3 hens take, and record this in the table below. Repeat the test with the 6 month old chickens.

4.    Repeat procedure number 3 the next day, but this time, first place a log between the cage and the tray.

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Complexity level:
3
Project cost (\$):
30
Time required:
It will take a day to set up the experiment, and 2 days for observation
Material availability:
The chickens can be purchased from a feed store or hatchery
Safety concerns:

Adult supervision is required when handling live fowl.