what is a pullet?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicky Chick, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Chicky Chick

    Chicky Chick In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2012
    I was first told that a pullet was a little older that a chick and that it could be a hen or a rooster. I was also told that you couldn't tell if it was a hen or rooster! But today a man that was selling chickens said that a pullet was a female that could not yet lay eggs because it was too young and could not be a male! I am new at this stuff as you can see and I hope to get chickens to and I think that I should know what a pullet is! It is confusing when you hear two different definitions for the same word. Can any one help me?[​IMG]
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  2. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Chirping

    Feb 16, 2012
    Pullet= female....
  3. mama2my4

    mama2my4 Songster

    Feb 8, 2012
    Julian, PA
  4. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Songster

    Aug 4, 2011
    polk county, NC
    A female chicken is a pullet until they go through their first molt, at this point she becomes a hen.
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  5. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

    My understanding of the term is simply any female chicken younger than one year of age. On her first birthday, she becomes a hen. The equivalent term for males is a cockerel. He becomes a cock ( also known as a rooster) on his first birthday.

  6. Zach123

    Zach123 In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2012
    Denver, Colorado
    There are many different opinions on what seperates a pullet from a hen, wether it is a molt, laying eggs or age. However, one thing is always the same and that is that a pullet is a young female chicken.


    According to Storeys Illustrated Guide to Poutry Breeds by Carol Ekarius (2007) a pullet is a female chicken under one year of age

    In Keeping Chickens the Essential Guide to Enjoying and Getting the Best from Chickens (2007) Jeremy Hobson and Celia Lewis describe pullets as "A female bird that is in its first year and has yet to commence laying."

    According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary: : a young hen; specifically: a hen of the domestic chicken less than a year old.

    Dictionary .com's "word origin" for the word pullet: mid-14c., "young fowl," from Anglo-Fr. pullet, O.Fr. poulette, dim. of poule "hen," from V.L. *pulla, fem. of L. pullus "young animal, young fowl." Technically, a young hen from the time she begins to lay until the first molt.

    Just some interesting takes on it [​IMG]
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  7. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

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  8. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Songster

    Feb 21, 2012
    A pullet is a female chick.
  9. Starlight 451

    Starlight 451 In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2011
    I usually refer to them as pullets before their combs start growing out. You know the stage, massive body, small head. [​IMG]

  10. cva34

    cva34 Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    GIRL .Birth through teenager.....cva34

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