When does a poulet become a hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DrumStick, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. DrumStick

    DrumStick Songster

    Oct 13, 2007
    I was wondering when does a pullet become a hen.

    Thanks !!!
  2. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    When she turns one yr. old. Cockeral becomes a Cock at the same age
  3. DrumStick

    DrumStick Songster

    Oct 13, 2007
    Quote:Thank you bamachicken!!! [​IMG]
  4. edster951

    edster951 Songster

    Quote:I thought...

    Pullet, lay eggs, becomes a hen.
    Cockerell, crows, and becomes a rooster.

    I'm glad to be corrected though.
  5. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Does a cockrel become a cock and then a roo? Or is a cock the same as a roo? [​IMG]
  6. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    "Cock" is a shortened form of cockerel. A cockerel becomes a roo at one year of age.
  7. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Actually I think it depends on where you live. Many people where I used to live referred to adult males as "cocks" it was the accepted term in that area. Here everyone says roosters or roo's. I also go by the "1 yr theory" as to pullets and cockerals, but I know that also varies from place to place and person to person. If you are looking to buy or sell, just make sure you get ages and wether or not they are laying. That way you will know exactly what you have no matter what anyone is calling it.
  8. edster951

    edster951 Songster

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A pullet is a young chicken, more specifically a hen (female) at least 20-weeks-old which has begun to lay eggs but has not yet moulted.

    From another site..

    a young chicken is called a chick. a male chicken is a cock or a cockerel, depending on its age. similarly, a female chicken is called a pullet or a hen. the age at which a pullet becomes a hen and a cockerel becomes a cock depends on what type of chicken is being raised. purebred poultry producers have very age-specific definitions. a chicken is a cockerel or pullet if it is less than one year of age.

    after one year of age, the chicken is referred to as a hen or cock. in the commercial industry a female chicken is called a hen after it begins egg production (around five months of age). a sexually mature male chicken (again, around five months of age) is referred to as a rooster. a capon is a castrated male chicken.
  9. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    Who knew that such a simple question could have such a complicated answer?![​IMG]
  10. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Drumstick, dont you just love earthnuts chicken in her signature line. I wonder if thats a hen or pullet or if its a cockeral or roo?

    Stay on top of that purplechicken dad of yours, he needs guidance sometimes!


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