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post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by cheraboo 

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.


I always figured once a pullet had laid for 4 months, it then became a hen.

Isn't it interesting how different it is for all of us.

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post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Chris09 

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


This is the correct answer.

God Bless,

post #13 of 23

Believe it or not, the term pullet has had several meanings over the years.

- One says the pullet becomes a hen when 12 months rolls around. It is simply a function of the calendar, in this reckoning. It's the more common today.

- Another says that once she lays an egg, she becomes a hen. This is an old English/European thing and is still used in some places there.

- Finally, the third one I've heard is that when the bird passes its first molt, it is officially a hen.

You takes your pick - you pay the fee. Goes to show, aint 'nuttin cast in stone.
Use which you like.


Me, I prefer the second one.


Edited by Davaroo - 7/3/09 at 2:16pm

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post #14 of 23

All those may be true.  I should have added that when I look for a "definition" of something, I always try to be able to point to a specific source reference that is considered authoritative rather than just what one person or another may choose to define something as.

For instance, one would probably go to a Dictionary or Encyclopedia as an authoritative source document.

With regard to the definition of a "pullet", I would point one to the APA or ABA Standard.  An APA sanctioned show defines a pullet as less than one year old - regardless of whether she is laying or not.

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post #15 of 23

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris09 

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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Standard Buff Brahmas a flock of Black Austalorps, Barred Rocks a flock of Buff Orpintons, Golden Comets; Bantams: Black O.E., Buff Silkies, Buff Cochins, Self Blue Cochins, Blue Cochins, Barred Rock Cochins, Black Cochins...And a White Frizzle hen. Roller Pigeons. Rabbits; Checkered Giants and Rexs...And one Blue Heeler, Duke
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post #16 of 23

I would suppose a "definition" from an "accredited" source, such as ABA, or encyclopedia would reflect a "consensus of opinion". That sounds good to me.

BUT, I would add: An "accredited source" that "dictates" what something is/or is not is not credible to me. Reference the book: "1984" by George Orwell.

Just cause "they" say it...don't necessarily "make it so".

(I  apologize for the off-beat "philosophy"..BUT, I try, each chance I get, to stir-up some thoughtful "independent thinking". A crowd (mob) is usually WRONG!)

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post #17 of 23

Oh my, I hope this doesn't hijack the thread but gimme a break. 

If you don't accept the dictionary as an authoritative source for the definition of a word - then what do you accept?

Mob mentality?  Are you kidding me?  And since when is the majority usually wrong?  Hmmm, seems to me that line of reasoning is what leads to a group of 6-9 people sitting on a court and telling the majority of people who just passed a law that they can't have it.  It's the same line of thinking that allows 2% of the population to tell the other 98% what the definition of marriage is - or any other topic you want to pick.

Cliche's and philosophies aside, The ABA and the APA are authentic recognized organizations which have come about through a tremendous amount of hard work, time, and expense with a goal of establishing standards for which these kinds of questions can be answered.

This same argument is played over time and time again with Ameraucanas vs. Easter Eggers and I would imagine other breeds as well.  The plain fact of the matter is, refusing to accept the established, standard, authoritative definition is nothing more than simply rebellion and usually a disdain for all authority in an effort to elevate oneself to a position of authority.

If one can define things any way they see fit, that then makes them the authority and nobody else is gonna tell them any different.  It's simply the oldest sin in the book - Pride.  Rather than submitting to the position that  one is created in the image of God, they create a god in their image.  Then anything can be anyway anyone ever wants.

Final thought, if we are to go by and live by a "to each his own" definition, why ask the question in the first place?

God Bless,

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Tailfeathers 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris09 

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


This is the correct answer.

God Bless,


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post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Junkmanme 

A crowd (mob) is usually WRONG!


Unless its on "DO You Want To Be a Millionaire."

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post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Tailfeathers 

Oh my, I hope this doesn't hijack the thread but gimme a break. 

If you don't accept the dictionary as an authoritative source for the definition of a word - then what do you accept?

Mob mentality?  Are you kidding me?  And since when is the majority usually wrong?  Hmmm, seems to me that line of reasoning is what leads to a group of 6-9 people sitting on a court and telling the majority of people who just passed a law that they can't have it.  It's the same line of thinking that allows 2% of the population to tell the other 98% what the definition of marriage is - or any other topic you want to pick.

Cliche's and philosophies aside, The ABA and the APA are authentic recognized organizations which have come about through a tremendous amount of hard work, time, and expense with a goal of establishing standards for which these kinds of questions can be answered.

This same argument is played over time and time again with Ameraucanas vs. Easter Eggers and I would imagine other breeds as well.  The plain fact of the matter is, refusing to accept the established, standard, authoritative definition is nothing more than simply rebellion and usually a disdain for all authority in an effort to elevate oneself to a position of authority.

If one can define things any way they see fit, that then makes them the authority and nobody else is gonna tell them any different.  It's simply the oldest sin in the book - Pride.  Rather than submitting to the position that  one is created in the image of God, they create a god in their image.  Then anything can be anyway anyone ever wants.

Final thought, if we are to go by and live by a "to each his own" definition, why ask the question in the first place?

God Bless,


While were referencing, quoting and regurgitating, here's one of my favorites:

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -- Winston Churchill

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Acknowledgement is different than acceptance, I say.  I willingly acknowledge that the one year point is the popular, "bonafide," benchmark. And I can accept it, since everyone else does. No worries there.

But if we are to divert into our philosophical observations on the matter, I'll bin it in a minute as a bland, even stale, contrivance of man. Talk about your prideful affectations! smile

Egg laying or molting is far more pivotal in the life of the hen itself. After all, this aint about us - it's about her. These things seem a better way to reckon her change from immature to mature bird - since after all, she knows nothing of calendars or APA's.

Call me an anarchist if it pleases you.

Peace... David
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