The Hippalectryon is a creature with origins in Greek mythology, legend and folklore. Though mythologically obscure, and only recently re-emerging in modern times, it is known that they were commonly featured on vases, pottery, sculptures and certain other artworks Ancient Greek society they were even mentioned in certain ancient plays, like Aristophanes' The Frogs and Aeschylus' Myrmidons. By those who knew of them, the Hippalectryon was considered a symbol of solar power due to the males' rooster nature , as well as a funerary symbol, or psychopomp since horses were believed, by the Ancient Greeks, to help guide the souls of the dead. Some even used their images for good fortune on sea voyages. Due to their triple functions pertaining to land, sea and sky , they were probably also associated with magic, and held in great standing with occult mystery rites of the time. A Hippalectryon's appearance combines the body of a horse and a chicken hen for a female, rooster for a male. Typically, it has the foreparts of a horse and the hind-end of a rooster, though it is not unheard of to see them with numerous other arrangements of horse and chicken nature. Their hair can be the color and pattern of any horse breed, and their feathers can be the color and pattern of any chicken breed.
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The chicken Gallus gallus domesticus is a type of domesticated fowl , a subspecies of the red junglefowl Gallus gallus. Chickens are one of the most common and widespread domestic animals , with a total population of Originally raised for cockfighting or for special ceremonies, chickens were not kept for food until the Hellenistic period 4th—2nd centuries BC. Genetic studies have pointed to multiple maternal origins in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia,  but with the clade found in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa originating in the Indian subcontinent. There are numerous cultural references to chickens , in myth , folklore and religion , in language and in literature. In the UK and Ireland, adult male chickens over the age of one year are primarily known as cocks , whereas in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, they are more commonly called roosters. Males less than a year old are cockerels. Females over a year old are known as hens , and younger females as pullets ,  although in the egg-laying industry, a pullet becomes a hen when she begins to lay eggs, at 16 to 20 weeks of age. The young are called chicks.
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