MEANING: noun: A small amount of something, especially money.

ETYMOLOGY: From chicken, from Old English cicen + feed, from Old English fedan. Earliest documented use: 1834.

NOTES: Why chicken feed, as opposed to, say, cattle feed. The term alludes to a chicken’s relatively small size and hence their needing a small amount of feed. Also, they scratch at the soil in search for insects, seeds, etc.

THICKEN FEED - throw in some starch so the feed isn't so runny

CHICKEN FEET - the little wrinkles that radiate form the outer corners of the eyes as we age

CHUCKEN FEED - how I spent last summer, workin on the farm