What exactly is the defenition of a Pullet?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ams3651, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    This is the general information I found and have believed...
    A pullet is a young chicken, more specifically a hen (female) at least 20-weeks-old which has begun to lay eggs but has not yet moulted. Pullets are more productive than the older laying hens; they often produce eggs for an entire year, while hens will lay for six-to-seven months.

    this is what I found in the learning center
    1. Should I buy pullets or straight run chicks? top
    Pullets have been sexed by the hatchery and are usually sexed 90%
    accurately. Most hatcheries or feed stores will refund your money or buy
    back the cockerels which exceed 10%. Straight run chicks are usually less
    expensive, but they are 50% pullets and 50% cockerels (more or less).

    And in looking to buy them I have also read chicks refered to as pullets.

    I am not looking to raise chicks and would like to get them a little older, which is what I thought pullets were but now Im confused.
  2. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [​IMG]

    A pullet is a young chicken, more specifically a hen (female) at least 20-weeks-old which has begun to lay eggs but has not yet moulted.
  3. Cluckin' crazy

    Cluckin' crazy In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2008
    Quote:That's what I told the lady at Orscheln's when they advertised pullets for sale. She told me that as a poultry expert she knew for a fact that a pullet is a chick that has been sexed. She then showed me their pullets for sale. I asked for 5 and she told me they couldn't guarantee that they were females. I then asked her if the definition of pullets had just changed again. After a dirty look she explained that they got it right 95% of the time. I told her if they sold them like the hatcheries do (at around 17 weeks) they would get it right 100% of the time. The wife drug me out before the argument ended badly.
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Hope I can help some.
    Chicks that are born, are either cockerals (male) or pullets (female).

    Cockerals become roosters when they are one year old. Pullets become hens when they are one year old.

    Production varies greatly with the breeds, not only numbers of eggs but also longevity in regards with how long they stay productive.

    Heirloom breeds lay well for many years, and provide backyard flocks with eggs and pets that prove commercial abuse of chickens, is nothing more than greed.

    My 3 year old hens lay almost daily, the way life was ment to be, in my opinion. [​IMG]

  5. farmerchuck

    farmerchuck In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2008
    Epping, NH
    That's what confused me !!!! Day old chicks aren't pullets !!
    They sell chicks as pullets or cockerels to designate sex but at that stage they are all chicks.
  6. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    [​IMG] glad to hear im not the only one who is confused. I guess I will just have to ask the age when I go shopping. I will not have a set up for keeping chicks nor do I have the time, I wouldnt mind if the chicken wants to do it but when the weather gets warm enough I want to know all i need to know to get started.
  7. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    According to the APA standard of perfection, a pullet is any female chicken under one year of age. I call female chicks pullets and male chicks cockerels. Normally alot of people start calling females that lay hens.
  8. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Most of your hatcheries have Pullet Packs(all female day olds)

    Some sell 17 week old Pullets

    the confusing part is whether she remains a pullet till a year old, or when they start to lay [​IMG]
  9. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    I always thought a pullet was a female chicken under 1 year.
  10. farmerchuck

    farmerchuck In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2008
    Epping, NH
    I was also told you can tell the age of a hen by the color of the legs. A pullet will have bright yellow legs while the older a hen gets the more pale the coloring.
    By the way...I had 4 older hens, probably 3 yrs+, that used to lay every other day or so. I introduced 6 new pullets to the coop, next thing you know the 3 yr olds are laying every day !!
    You can teach an old hen new tricks !!!

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