Vernacular Assistance

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by New Flockman, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. New Flockman

    New Flockman In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2011
    Northwest Ohio
    Nube question.

    At what point do you stop calling them "chicks" and start calling them "cockerel" or "pullet?" At the point where you can sex them?Or is there an inbetween word?
  2. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Pullet and cockerel are correct for the entire first year. After that, hen and rooster/cock. Chick is a subjective term -- use it as you like. Some folks call them chicks until they're grown, some switch to juveniles when they have feathers and come off heat but they don't yet know the sex. Some call them hens and "roos" from the moment they learn the gender. Toss in regional variations and it certainly confuses things.

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