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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickengirl47, Feb 15, 2012.
When does a chick become a pullet?
Pullets are females under 1 year.
Cockerels are males under 1 year.
Are baby chicks pullets?
Female chicks are pullets & males are cockerels.....after 1 yr old they are hens & roosters respectively.
Pullet: Young female, Pullets turn into Hens when they start laying
Cockerel: Young male, Cockerels turn into Rosters when they start mounting/become fertile
hope that helps.
Here's the same questions, using humans:
"When does a baby become a little girl?" = "When does a chick become a pullet?"
"Are babies little girls?" = "Are baby chicks pullets?"
I've always heard the one-year mark. By your measure of sexual maturity, my cockerel chick became a rooster at ~12 weeks and my pullets became hens between 23 and 44 weeks? That doesn't seem right.
You're right debid. It's one year. Otherwise there wouldn't be pullet size eggs. I had a Jaer roo trying to breed anything that moved at 10 weeks.
I certainly wouldn't consider him a rooster.
Terminology is loosely applied though. I do it myself. I sometimes call young males roosters but I think I do so because it's easier to say than cockerel, which is what they are.