Is it a "Flock" or a "Brood"?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Deaux Chicks, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. Deaux Chicks

    Deaux Chicks In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2014
    New Orleans
    I have my first 5 baby chicks, all female (I hope!) They are 10 days old. Being a new chick Mom, I talk about them all the time! My question is: Is it more proper to refer to a group of hens as a Flock or a Brood? When I was out for Mardi Gras it was a topic of one of our conversations. Most agreed that a group of female chickens should be referred to as a brood but hens with a rooster would be called a flock. This is not a biggie for me but is a curiosity. What do y'all say?

  2. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    I always referred to broods as groups of baby chicks. I'm sure there's a specific perfect word out there for a group of hens, like how a group of cats is called a "glaring" and a flock of crows is a "murder". A flock of chickens to me is just a flock, whether or not it includes males.
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Brood is a verb, imo, not noun.
  4. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Brood can be a noun as well.

    Just for fun, here's what the online dictionary says.


    1. 1.​
      a family of young animals, esp. of a bird, produced at one hatching or birth.
      "a brood of chicks"
      synonyms: offspring, young, progeny; More


    1. 1.​
      think deeply about something that makes one unhappy.
      "he brooded over his need to find a wife"
      synonyms: worry, fret, agonize, mope, sulk; More

    2. 2.​
      (of a bird) sit on (eggs) to hatch them.
      synonyms: incubate, hatch More


    1. 1.​
      (of an animal) kept to be used for breeding.
      "a brood mare"

    Yes, reading dictionaries is fun for me. I'm a nerd. XD

  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing 8 Years

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I too think of a brood, as young chicks. If the chicks are young enough to still need extra heat, as that they would get from a broody hen, or are living in a brooder, then they are a brood.

    If a group of birds hangs together - they are a flock, with or without a male.

    Mrs K

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