I‘m writing here because I‘m a bit confused. I thought that all of the following:
- das Hühnchen
- das Hähnchen
- das Huhn
- die Hühner
are valid translations for "the chicken" but duo seems to accept only some chosen ones.
So, the question is: which are correct, which are not?
In the context of a meal in German you can use "Hühnchen", "Hähnchen" or "Huhn" as well. Because you normaly only eat one of it (or parts of it) the plural is barely used in that context.
Though "Hähnchen" comes from "Hahn" (male) and "Hühnchen" comes from "Huhn" (female) the people really don't care about the gender of the bird and say always either "Hähnchen" or "Hühnchen".
And about the use of "Hühnchen"/"Hähnchen" or "Huhn"?
Well, I remind the sketch "Dinner for one". Miss Sophie says first "Serve the chicken" to her butler and when getting served "That looks a very fine bird." So there is maybe a bit more emphasis in the last phrase, but no big difference.