1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Another dumb question from a beginner

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by twincreekfarm, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    140
    4
    131
    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    What is the difference between a pullet and a hen?
     
  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    There is no such thing as a dumb question.

    A pullet is a chicken that is older than a baby but not laying yet....a hen is a chicken that is laying eggs.
     
  3. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    140
    4
    131
    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    Once again, you are quick with a reply! Thanks so much for making me feel at ease! I am loving having chickens and never in my life did I think I would! This forum is awesome for getting advise! Thank to you and everyone for being so nice!!
     
  4. soccerguy17

    soccerguy17 Out Of The Brooder

    81
    0
    39
    Apr 7, 2007
    washington
    i thought a pullet was a female younger than a year old and a hen was a female over a year old?
     
  5. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    soccer guy i think you're right. at least thats what it is on dictionary... but this little chicken thesaurus term thingy on mypetchicken says what southernchick said... im confused
     
  6. ThunderStruck

    ThunderStruck Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    0
    119
    May 18, 2007
    Sterling, Ohio
    My understanding on this is that the 3 stages are are..

    from hatch to 20wks (laying age) they are chicks, Then from laying age to 1 yr they are pullets, Then after 1 yr they are considered hens.

    Forrest
     
  7. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    3,609
    52
    264
    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    A pullet is a female under one year of age.
    A cockerel is a male under one year of age.
    A chick describes a young bird of either gender, but doesn't denote a specific age. A female chick is still a pullet if it is 3 days old.
    However, it makes sense to stop calling them chicks when they reach sexual maturity.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:Yep, got it right on the head with what the definition are.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by