How old does a chick have to be to stop calling it a chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by suzyQlou, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. suzyQlou

    suzyQlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today dh asked me why I'm still calling my 5.5 week old chicks chicks. They are getting rather big, lol. Since I like to sound like an expert, I told him "because they ARE chicks". So now I need to find out the real answer. When do my chicks grow out of chick-dom?
     
  2. lamNervousNellie

    lamNervousNellie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a good question! But I have no idea [​IMG]
     
  3. alcap

    alcap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Easy way to fix the problem. Get MORE chicks! [​IMG]:ya
     
  4. fanov8

    fanov8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I call mine chicks until I figure out if they are pullet's or roo's. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I don't think there's a hard and fast rule out there. But if we're going on terms of sexual maturity, eggs are the act of ovulation, so you could call them chicks all the way up until you get your first egg. Then they're officially adults.

    I personally stop calling them chicks when they arn't cute anymore [​IMG]
     
  6. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My oldest are 7 weeks and we've moved from saying 'baby chicks' to "the chickens' I doubt we will ever refer to them as pullets, since they all have names. We'll just point them out and say "that's our chicken Lucy" [​IMG]
     
  7. lady feathers

    lady feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea, good question, I am going to say when they leave the brooder they become pullets and cockerels..... until the lay an egg or perform "Rooster Duties" then they are my hens and roos!
     
  8. CorgiHouse

    CorgiHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't know the correct answer........but once the chicks are mostly feathered and not so 'chicky' looking anymore........but still not looking like 'real' chickens, we call them the 'juvies'. [​IMG]
     
  9. suzyQlou

    suzyQlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, you are all confirming what I thought. I can pretty much keep calling them chicks as long as I please. [​IMG]
     

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