A chicken raised by Bringloidi settlers. (TNG episode: "Up the Long Ladder"[1])

A chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a small domesticated avian animal originally native to the planet Earth.[2]

As animalsEdit

Chickens have been brought out into the galaxy by Human colonists living on other planets. One such extra-Solar settlement was the Bringloidi colony on Bringloid V in the Bringloid system. (TNG episode: "Up the Long Ladder")

Scotty once jokingly claimed to have sacrificed a chicken and two goats to a computer in order to convince the technology to function again, in reference to an ancient practice of those who believed Lucien's magic. (TAS - Log Three novelization: The Magicks of Megas-Tu)

When describing the walking huts of Baba Yaga on the planet Mussourgsky, Spock said that they had "chicken legs". (TOS novel: The Galactic Whirlpool)

The USS Stargazer's security chief, Peter "Pug" Joseph, felt that Binderian anatomy looked like that of a plucked, beakless chicken. He suggested that Binderian Ensign Obal would be happier in a different department, but Obal was resolute in his resolve to be a security officer. Obal was also subjected to cruel remarks about his chicken-like anatomy from Ensign Joseph Caber. (STA novel: Gauntlet)

In the year 2380, Q referred to the USS Enterprise-E as a "de-boned chicken of a starship", a derogatory reference to the vessel's hull damage that had required a major refit after collision with Scimitar, the previous year. (TNG novel: Q & A)

As foodEdit

Chicken meat and eggs are widely eaten on Earth, and are a main component of many Human foods. (ST reference: Star Trek Cookbook)

An ancient Human joke is one which an exotic or unfamiliar type of food is said to taste "just like chicken." David Rabin and Spock invoked this joke repeatedly while stranded in Vulcan's Forge on Vulcan, referring to hayalit, Starfleet-issue ration bars, and plomeek soup. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)

When Robin Lefler's father explained plasma to her in 2354, she kept thinking he was talking about a gooey sauce for her chicken. (NF - No Limits short story: "Lefler's Logs")

William Riker theorized that the chickens cultivated by the Bandi had an alternative diet than their Earth cousins, the eggs available in his Farpoint Station breakfast were distinctly green, and didn't appear appetizing. (TNG novelization: Encounter at Farpoint)

Riker seemed to have reason to believe that the Bandi's chickens were of the Earth variety, raised on the Bandi world. Although he didn't realize it at the time, the green eggs were probably created by the station itself.

Chicken dishesEdit

Figurative referencesEdit

The term "chicken" has behavioral connotations in Human language, indicating cowardice. Scotty figuratively referred to Captain Zarlo as being known to him to be "the most chicken commander in the Fleet!" (TOS comic: "One of Our Captains Is Missing!")

In similar connotations, "playing a game of chicken" is a Human term referring to engaging an opponent in a contest that ends when one side backs down, out of fear. Chakotay introduced a plan to Tom Paris of playing chicken with the computer-controlled USS Voyager while flying the Delta Flyer. (VOY - Section 31 novel: Shadow)

"Chicken" was a term used by human slaves to refer to Tseetsk, such as the Regent of Koorn Drraagh. (TNG novel: Chains of Command)



  1. TNG episode: "Up the Long Ladder" showed numerous chickens that were transported aboard the USS Enterprise-D.
  2. Real-life knowledge.

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