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Can I call my girls hens yet?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Southern28Chick, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    My girls were born April 30th. Can I call them hens now or are they still pullets? That has always confused me. [​IMG]
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Somewhere the other day I read that they're not a hen until they're a year old. Can't remember where I read it. I guess I've always referred to mine as hens once they have been laying a while.
  3. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    I was always under the impression that a pullet became a hen once they went through their first molt and were a steady layer. I don't know where I read that though.
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Not until their hatch day. They are considered pullets until one year of age.
  5. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    ...so when is a hen considered a biddy then?

    ...and does the same 1 year rule apply to cockerels?

    What would an old roo be called? Just a roo I suppose...just curious!

    Last edited: Nov 29, 2007
  6. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Biddy is the same as banty or bantam. It just means a small hen.

    Yes, the same rule applies to cockerels. They're not a roo until 1 year.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2007
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    The 1 yr rule applies to cockerels as well. I never use the term biddy myself, but I've heard it used for hens, pullets and chicks, too. Not sure about that one.
  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I've heard old hens be called "old biddys" and baby chicks called "biddys" too. [​IMG]
  9. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    Quote:Oh! Okay...thanks Blisschick, Speckledhen and Southern28Chick. I guess, I was just wondering where that term would be appropriate...if at all! LOL!



    PS SEE! I am already in trouble! I want to be PC with my birds!

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