Domesticated birds raised for meat or eggs are poultry. If you're going to keep poultry in your back yard, you'll need to build a chicken coop.

When you talk about eating chicken or turkey, you can refer to that type of meat as poultry: "I don't eat red meat — just a little fish and poultry." Other birds that fall into the category of poultry are domesticated guinea hens, ducks, and geese. If they're wild, on the other hand, they're called game. Before poultry came to mean "domestic fowl" in the 14th century, it meant "place where fowl is sold."

Definitions of poultry
  1. noun
    flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
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    chicken, poulet, volaille
    the flesh of a chicken used for food
    Rock Cornish hen
    flesh of a small fowl bred for roasting
    guinea hen
    flesh of a guinea fowl (especially of hens)
    dove, squab
    flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
    flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
    flesh of a goose (domestic or wild)
    flesh of large domesticated fowl usually roasted
    flesh of a small young chicken not over 2 1/2 lb suitable for broiling
    flesh of a castrated male chicken
    frier, fryer, pullet
    flesh of a medium-sized young chicken suitable for frying
    flesh of a large young chicken over 3 1/2 lb suitable for roasting
    flesh of a chicken (or game bird) split down the back and grilled (usually immediately after being killed)
    flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
    flesh of a young domestic duck
    type of:
    bird, fowl
    the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
  2. noun
    a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
    synonyms: domestic fowl, fowl
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    an English breed of large domestic fowl having five toes (the hind toe doubled)
    Plymouth Rock
    an American breed of domestic fowl
    Cornish, Cornish fowl
    English breed of compact domestic fowl; raised primarily to crossbreed to produce roasters
    Rock Cornish
    small plump hybrid developed by crossbreeding Plymouth Rock and Cornish fowl
    game fowl
    any of several breeds reared for cockfighting
    cochin, cochin china
    Asian breed of large fowl with dense plumage and feathered legs
    Gallus gallus, chicken
    a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
    any of various small breeds of fowl
    Meleagris gallopavo, turkey
    large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food
    Numida meleagris, guinea, guinea fowl
    a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world
    biddy, chick
    young bird especially of domestic fowl
    cock, rooster
    adult male chicken
    castrated male chicken
    biddy, hen
    adult female chicken
    spring chicken
    a young chicken having tender meat
    Rhode Island red
    American breed of heavy-bodied brownish-red general-purpose chicken
    Dominick, Dominique
    American breed of chicken having barred grey plumage raised for meat and brown eggs
    English breed of large chickens with white skin
    gobbler, tom, tom turkey, turkey cock
    male turkey
    guinea hen
    female guinea fowl
    type of:
    gallinacean, gallinaceous bird
    heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds
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