At what age does a chick become a pullet?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bawkbawkbawk, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Or are female chicks always pullets?

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

    Rootball Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    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!
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    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
     
  5. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. [​IMG]
     
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  6. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    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!
     
  7. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    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-
     
  8. cheraboo

    cheraboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. codybird

    codybird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A chick is always a pullet.

    But a pullet is not always a chick.

    Glad I could clear this up for you.[​IMG]
     
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  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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