When do they become hens

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  1. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read a lot about pullets and hens. What is the difference if they are all laying eggs? And when do pullets become hens? What is the physical change in them.
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  2. Friend of Feathers

    Friend of Feathers Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's a bump. I'm curious about the answer too.
     
  3. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 12 months of age pullets magically become hens. This is true on the show floor, and I believe generally accepted protocol all the way around.
     
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  4. Flippacase

    Flippacase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought it was as son as a pullet lays her first egg, she becomes a hen?
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    A female chicken is a pullet until one year of age, then a hen.
    A male chicken is a cockerel until one year of age, then a rooster.
     
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Quote:Exactly. Couldn't have put it better myself!
     
  7. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are all fluffy butts until they get feathers - lol!!!
     
  8. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If this were true there would be no pullet eggs!! LOL. What Gritstar said.
     
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  9. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You all say they become hens when they reach 12 months old. My question is why is 12 months the magic number and not, let's say 10 months or 18 months or perhaps 11 months. That is my question. Does anyone know why it has been decided at 12 months. I would like to know the physiological reason. Does anyone know?
     
  10. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no physiological reason. It is a custom far older than any of us are, even me![​IMG]
     

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