What is a pullet?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by grayjay11o, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. grayjay11o

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    What is a pullet? I have googled this and every site comes up with a different answer.
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    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)
     
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  3. grayjay11o

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    When does a chicken start be a pullet?
     
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  4. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    The biological gender of a chicken is determined before it hatches.
     
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  5. grayjay11o

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    So, a female chick is also a pullet?
     
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  6. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Yes. A female chicken under 1 year of age is a pullet.
     
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  7. grayjay11o

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    Thanks!
     
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  8. HuffleClaw

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    Any aged female chicken under one year of age.
     
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  9. Cryss

    Cryss Free Ranging

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    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.
     
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  10. MountainGaurdian

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    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.
     
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