Pullets vs. Hens

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by UrbanChick101, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. UrbanChick101

    UrbanChick101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to chickens and am soon getting pullets ~ what exactly is the difference between a pullet and a hen?
     
  2. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all - WELCOME! You will soon be addicted to chickens and other fowl things. [​IMG]
    A pullet is a young female chicken that has not begun to lay. Once they start laying then they are referred to as hens.
    A cockerel is a young male, once they reach sexual maturity they are called roosters. Or soup. [​IMG]
     
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  3. Louieandthecrew

    Louieandthecrew I am actually a female!

    [​IMG] Welcome! She said it all! Good luck!
     
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  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The purely technical difference is when they are a year old. Female chickens under a year old are pullets, those over are hens. Male chickens under a year old are cockerels, those over are roosters.

    However, I tend to go with the "sexual maturity" definition for both. It makes more sense to me. (Not unlike that scary biological event in my young life - so many eons ago - that caused my mother to say, "You're a woman, now, honey." [​IMG] )
     
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  5. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    And the 1 year old part is the truth. Pullets become hens at a year of age. And cockerals become roosters at a year of age.
     
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