whats in a name

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gabrielle1976, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok so whats the diffrence between hen and pullet , cockrell and roster ?
     
  2. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A pullet is "technically" a female that is less than a year old.
    A hen is "technically" a female that is more than a year old.
    A cockeral is "technically" a male that is less than a year old.
    And a Rooster is "technically" a male that is more than a year old.
    I know it's confusing.
     
  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you , I thought it might be something like that but if you can tell one is a certain sex why have two names lol ..[​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    OT - how are your chicks doing Gabrielle?
     
  5. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    well the one barred rock died but the others are good. they dont seem to be growing as fast as I thought they would but they eat drink poop and peck and scratch so i think there doing good . thanks so much for asking
     
  6. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    How about some more confusion. Actually a cockeral becomes a cock and a rooster at one year of age.

    To throw a real curve, let`s look at gamefowl. Same for pullets and hens, but a young male is a stag. After six months, he is a bull stag. Then he is a cock at one year.

    More confusion. Oriental gamefowl mature very slow and live longer. Same for pullets and hens, but a male is a stag for 2 years before he becomes a cock at maturity.
     
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  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Good to hear. Keep an eye on them for pasty butt, but the older they get the less a problem that is.
    You're over the rough patch, so I think they'll do just fine. [​IMG]
     
  8. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    I dont know if you know but after the one died and I was down to two I got two more. so now i have 2 RIR , chicky pooh and beaker , and a silkie <so they say> named fluff then there is good old Atilla the hun , who has been behaveing her self pretty well though she still likes to peck faces and toes for whatever chickie reason she has.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks &amp; Impys - OH MY!

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    Yeah, I remember reading that you got a couple more chicks. I wanted to stop at the feed store so bad today when we were in town. I would have been coming home with ducks.
    Watch and see if Atilla doesn't turn out to be your favorite hen. [​IMG]
     

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