The sheer number of phrases describing human interaction in chicken terms indicates the closeness and longevity of human domestication of chickens. Even if you have never seen a live chicken, you surely recognize, and perhaps even use, terms such as “all cooped up,” “walking on egg shells,” “pecking order,” “cock of the walk,” and even “bird brained.”
The first domesticated chickens evolved from jungle fowl in Southeast Asia. The earliest dates vary, according to advocates for one country or another, but at least 2500 BCE. Surprisingly (to me), it was the fighting roosters, or cocks, that moved the practice of semi-domestication to India, and then, along the silk roads, to the Middle East, and then Rome, decades and even centuries before egg laying hens seemed like a good an idea!