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At what age does a chick become a pullet?

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Or are female chicks always pullets?

Semantics, maybe, but at a month old, mine aren't looking very chick-lety anymore!

See my chicken blog at:  http://polloplayer.wordpress.com/
My little flock includes a white Silkie and a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle who is currently raising three chicks; a Barred Rock, an Ameraucana and a Buff Orpington.

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See my chicken blog at:  http://polloplayer.wordpress.com/
My little flock includes a white Silkie and a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle who is currently raising three chicks; a Barred Rock, an Ameraucana and a Buff Orpington.

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post #2 of 23

Religion can play a large part with their varied coming of age ceremonies


Edited by Rootball - 7/3/09 at 10:16am
post #3 of 23

From my understanding, a pullet is from chick age to one year old. After that, it is called a hen.

Someone would know for sure!

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post #4 of 23

A pullet is a female under 1 year of age
a hen is over 1 year of age.
A cockerel is a male under 1 year of age
a rooster is over 1 year of age.

Chris

 

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Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


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George Washington

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post #5 of 23

We'll call them chicks until about 2 months old, then pullets till they start laying and once laying they have earned the name hen. smile


Edited by Chicks_N_Horses - 7/3/09 at 11:29am
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'When she starts to twist, be more like Chris...pull your hat down tight and just LeDOUX IT - Good Ride Cowboy, Good Ride'          COWGIRL TOUGH     

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post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 

So they are pullets from the get-go. Who knew?

Thanks for explaining. I'm officially referring to my girls as pullets from now on, as I think of chicks as little fluffballs, not beady-eyed pigeon-sized month-olds!

See my chicken blog at:  http://polloplayer.wordpress.com/
My little flock includes a white Silkie and a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle who is currently raising three chicks; a Barred Rock, an Ameraucana and a Buff Orpington.

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See my chicken blog at:  http://polloplayer.wordpress.com/
My little flock includes a white Silkie and a Belgian Mille Fleur d'Uccle who is currently raising three chicks; a Barred Rock, an Ameraucana and a Buff Orpington.

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post #7 of 23

I LIKE Rootball's post:

Religion can play a large part with their varied coming of age ceremonies

Ha-Ha,

I can imagine that different Chicken religions would dictate different "coming-of-age" scenarios.

It could get somewhat confusing and PROBABLY start some Chicken Wars!

ha-ha,
-Junkmanme-

post #8 of 23

We had a state 4H poultry show back in May. At the quiz bowl they said that a female chicken is a pullet until it has been laying eggs for six months; then it's a hen. I'd never heard that before.

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Grandma to Joe the Faveroelle, Blacky and Boggart the Silkies and a few others
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Cheryl -
Mom to Rachel, Artem, Sergei, Jacob and Ana.
Grandma to Joe the Faveroelle, Blacky and Boggart the Silkies and a few others
Missing Hopper the Buttercup (RIP)
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post #9 of 23

A chick is always a pullet.

But a pullet is not always a chick.

Glad I could clear this up for you.big_smile


Edited by codybird - 7/3/09 at 1:37pm
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Democracy is two wolves and a lamb discussing what to have for dinner.
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post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rootball 

Religion can play a large part with their varied coming of age ceremonies


yuckyuck

I don't care who ya R, that there was funny.

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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