how long does it take to get from pullet to a hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Coopedup:p, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Chillin' With My Peeps

    i have two pullets. both are about 41 weeks. they are both white cochin bantams. so.... how long will it take for them to get from pullets to hens?
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Depends what definition you go by, it is sorta murky

    Some say they are pullets till they start laying(but then how can you have PULLET eggs), but I think the widely accepted definition is at one year they become hens.
  3. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Chillin' With My Peeps

    yeh. they might have been laying at their old coop. i got them from a friend. and they are very sweet and nice chickens.
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    I'm quoting Miss Jayne from another thread about the same subject, cause we know she's a smart cookie!

  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    So actually I guess, just one day. Because at day 365 they're a pullet and the next day, they're a hen! [​IMG]
  6. LegHorn-BusHorn

    LegHorn-BusHorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Near STL mo
    Pretty much it![​IMG]
  7. LittleMamaBigPapa

    LittleMamaBigPapa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Bellevue, Nebraska
    Wouldn't a pullet be a hen when they lay eggs? My 2 white Plymouth Rock Bantams were 3 1/2 months old when they starting laying eggs!
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Not if you go by the standard definition. A pullet is a pullet until she reaches one year old, regardless of whether she's laying or not.
    A hen is a female chicken one year of age or older.
    I am one of those that started calling them hens when they started laying. My roos were always "baby roos".
  9. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    I think it's one of those terms like heifer. A heifer is a female calf before she has a calf of her own. Once she has a calf, then she is a first-calf heifer, but she is also a cow. [​IMG]
  10. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes i think that is very close to it. last year in my animal science class we talked about what you call animals after they give birth and before they do. and also what to call male animals that the have or have not been castrated. so i think the heifer thing applys to the pullet and hen thing also. haha:p

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