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pullet or hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by emmak, May 24, 2010.

  1. emmak

    emmak Songster

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    When do you stop referring to female chickens as pullets and start calling them hens?
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    At 1 year old, they officially become hens. [​IMG]
     
  3. burntmuch

    burntmuch In the Brooder

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    When it gets a job & can support itself. Just kidding. Im new to the chicken thing, but I would guess when they start laying eggs??? maybe not sure. I know I was of no help at all. But now I can watch this thread & find out my self:D
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Technically it's like Kooshie said; a pullet becomes a hen at a year old, a cockerel becomes a rooster at a year old.
    Having said that, I started referring to my pullets as hens when they started laying eggs and paying their own way.
     
  5. emmak

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    Thanks for the info! Now I know how to post using the correct terminology for my girls.
     
  6. Damummis

    Damummis Chickenista

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    Learn something new everyday. [​IMG]
     

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