So when are they no longer "chicks"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MiaPia, May 12, 2008.

  1. MiaPia

    MiaPia Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a magic age when chickens go from being "chicks" to pullets or cockerels?
    And when are they considered "full grown" hens or roosters?

    I'm having a hard time thinking of my big 7 week old girls as "chicks". I mean, they certainly act like a bunch of gossipy teenagers!
     
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I was wondering the same thing...my girls will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. They are a bossy bit of goods too. [​IMG]
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    imo they are chicks as long as they are not fully feathered. they are hen/rooster after the 1st mould aint they?
     
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I dunno conny because my girls are having a small moult now. They are dropping little feathers daily and getting their "big girl" feathers as I call them.

    I hope one of the old hands comes in and answers this for us.
     
  5. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I think there pullets and cockerels from birth but from thous to hens and roosters I have no Idea. [​IMG]
     
  6. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I think chicks are chicks until they start laying (around 5 months), then they become pullets. On their first birthday, they turn into "hens".

    A cockeral turns into a rooster on his first birthday.
     
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