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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by grayjay11o, Jul 21, 2019.
What is a pullet? I have googled this and every site comes up with a different answer.
A pullet is a young female chicken. Some believe it is one not yet laying but it is actually a female under 1 year of age (like a filly is to horses)
When does a chicken start be a pullet?
The biological gender of a chicken is determined before it hatches.
So, a female chick is also a pullet?
Yes. A female chicken under 1 year of age is a pullet.
Any aged female chicken under one year of age.
And any young male chicken under the age of 1 year is a cockerel, not a rooster. Pullets become hens when they turn 1 year old.
According to definition a young hen less than a year old. I have always gone with a young hen in her first season of egg laying, basically the same definition.
The younger a hen is the more eggs they lay, with each passing year they slow down a little on egg production. A five year old hen will lay far fewer eggs than a "pullet". Not only does a pullet lay more eggs they are more efficient at converting feed into eggs so less food to create the same number of eggs.