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  1. Marina Gaidar's Avatar
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    Do chickens browse?

    In Russian it is possible to say "chickens browse" meaning they look for some insects and seeds to eat. Is it the same in English? In dictionaries I find the verb "to browse" only related to animals, but not birds.

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    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    In Russian it is possible to say "chickens browse" meaning they look for some insects and seeds to eat. Is it the same in English? In dictionaries I find the verb "to browse" only related to animals, but not birds.
    It's not colloquial in English to say that chickens browse. But it sounds reasonable to me that they do. If I wrote it, I'd say, "The chickens were browsing for seeds" to make it clear.
    By the way, animals "graze".

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    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Browsing animals eat from trees and hedgerows, grazing animals eat herbaceous plants at ground level.

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    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Browsing animals eat from trees and hedgerows, grazing animals eat herbaceous plants at ground level.
    Hmm, then does that imply that chickens don't browse?

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    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Hmm, then does that imply that chickens don't browse?
    Yes, that's right, chickens don't browse.

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    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, that's right, chickens don't browse.
    Do they do anything which may be used without object?

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    #7

    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Can I say then something like "chickens pick some seeds"?

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    #8

    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Chickens peck.

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    #9

    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Do they prefer Firefox to Internet Explorer?

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    #10

    Re: Do chickens browse?

    Chicken Sandwich browses.
    (I'm sorry if I've made the discussion confusing.)

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