When do chicks become pullets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rstampa, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    It might seem lame to you all but I have 7, seven week old chicks so my question is what's the differents in the names between chicks, pullets and Hens. Well I know a full grown chicken is a hen. (Over 40 and still counting.)[​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009
  2. The Vail Benton"s

    The Vail Benton"s Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 29, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    By no means am I an expert, but on my humble acre, we start calling them pullets or cockerels when they lose the fuzz and feather out. I can't wait to find out whether or not I have that right![​IMG]
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Hmmm when they lose that fluff I call them chooks (teens) LOL
  4. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    They are pullets until they are one year old, and then they are hens.
  5. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    LOL, totally unscientific, but I call them pullets when they stop peeping and start clucking.

    I think technically, they go from pullets to hens at a year old. Seems to me that's also about when they get really consistant about egg laying, are nicely filled out weight and feather wise too.
  6. jthayerkatz

    jthayerkatz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2008
    Holland, MA
    quoted from about.com:

    The term "pullet" refers to a young hen, usually under one year of age. It can refer to a laying hen or a meat chicken but is more typically used in reference to a laying hen.

    Common Misspellings: poulet, pulet
    end quote

    a female is a pullet from birth up to one year of age. Chick is the term for a small chicken, but it can be male or female chick. Pullet or cockeral tells the sex of the chick.
  7. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    Thank you all for the great information you have given me. That's why I love this forum. Everyone seems glad to share their knowledge.
    So my girls are pullets. Thanks one and all.
    Hope you have a great day and relaxing weekend.

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