This massive flightless bird is both stout and fat, and scratches the ground as it bobs its enormous head and struts along.
Dire Chicken CR 1/2 (200 XP)
Init +4; Senses low-light vision, scent
AC 12, touch 9, flat-footed 12 (+3 natural, -1 size)
Hp 12 (2d8+7)
Fort +5, Ref +3, Will +1
Speed 50 ft
Melee bite +0 (1d4+2) and 2 wings +0 (1d4+1)
Special Attacks Flogging (2 talons, +0 to hit, 1d6+2)
Space 10ft, Reach 5ft
Str 18, Dex 10, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6
Base Atk +1, CMB +6, CMD 16
Skills Perception +5, Survival +5
Racial Modifiers +4 Survival when tracking by scent
SQ - Docile
Carrying Capacity Light load 200 lb., Medium 400 lb., Heavy 600 lb, Push/Drag 3,000 lb.
Market Price untrained 50 gp, trained 200 gp
Flogging (Ex): A dire chicken that hits with its bite attack can attempt two talon attacks that deal 1d4 damage plus the dire chicken's strength modifier against the same creature during a full-attack.
Docile (Ex): Unless specifically trained for combat (see the Handle Animal skill), a dire chicken's natural attacks are treated as secondary attacks regardless of type. Combat trained dire chickens increase their CR by +1.
These massive birds are directly related to the more mundane chicken common to farms and households across the world. The dire chicken is a rarer breed of livestock that is either descended from a more primordial species of chicken, or perhaps magically bred to enhance the size and utility of the otherwise common garden variety chicken. Like their smaller cousins, female dire chickens can lay eggs daily that are the size of a human skull. Most lay one egg a day, and a single egg is enough to provide an entire meal for a small or medium humanoid. A dire chicken egg has hardness 2 and 5 hit points to open. The eggs are also trade goods worth 3 silver pieces and are commonly used as ingredients for high class meals.
Most dire chickens are docile and quickly attempt to flee from hostile creatures or predators that aren't at least two size categories smaller than themselves. Mother hens, however, can be dangerous if they feel their nests are threatened. Despite their peaceful nature, a dire chicken has a strong beak and sharp talons on its legs, and can be a frightening of odd beast of war.
Dire Chickens weigh about 600 lbs. Most are not used as livestock for meat, as their smaller cousins are both more plentiful and faster to mature and grow, and are extraordinarily less hassle to raise and maintain.
Dire Chicken Animal Companions
Starting Statistics: Size Medium; Speed 40 ft., AC +1 natural armor, Attack bite 1d3, 2 wings 1d3, flogging (2 talons, 1d4); Ability Scores Str 14, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6; Special Qualities low-light vision, scent, flogging
4th-Level Advancement: Size Large; Attack bite (1d4), 2 wings (1d4), flogging (2 talons 1d6); AC +2 natural armor; Ability Scores Str +4, Dex +2, Con +2