Age definitions.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Frozen Feathers, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Okay, so when does a chick become a pullet or cockerel? Is there a defined time line, like when a pullet becomes a hen at a year old?? Or so they just get labeled cockerel or pullet when you figure what they are?For that matter...when do they stop being hatchlings?

    Mmmm just curious if any one has ever wondered that or if I'm the only weirdo. [​IMG]
     
  2. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    A pullet is a young chicken, more specifically a hen (female) at least 20-weeks-old which has begun to lay eggs but has not yet moulted. Pullets are more productive than the older laying hens; they often produce eggs for an entire year, while hens will lay for six-to-seven months.

    Here is what I found for Pullet [​IMG]

    Edited to add: Cockerel: A young domestic cock, not older then one year.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2008
  3. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    I've always been told that they are pullets and cockerals until they are a year old. After a year of age, they become hens and cocks, or roosters.
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Yea but when do they stop becoming chicks?? [​IMG]
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I don't know the answer, but I guess I stop thinking of them as chicks once they're pretty much feathered out.
     
  6. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    yeah, they're teenagers then.
     
  7. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    Quote:yes that is correct it's what we are taught for showing and how we know what class they are in.
     
  8. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    Quote:at 4mths of age most breeds are considered old enough to start showing and also is when alot of vaccines can be given and they can be tested. i go by that as a guidline depending on feathered in and how they grow at 4mths usually they are what i call youngsters or teenagers.
     
  9. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've always been told that they are pullets and cockerals until they are a year old. After a year of age, they become hens and cocks, or roosters.

    That is what I was told, but also they egg producers consider them hens when they start to lay. It is a matter of choice or preference. I like the one year old cut off. But then you have to know when the were hatched and do we really care?

    Does age really matter? [​IMG]

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