When is a chick a full grown chicken??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mom2Munchkins, May 9, 2009.

  1. Mom2Munchkins

    Mom2Munchkins Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I'm just curious when my chicks will be fully grown?? [​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Depends on the breed. Some egg production breeds are done with their growing by 6 months or so. My LF brahmas are still filling out and gaining weight. They're 13 months old.
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Fully grown... hmmmm. It kinds depends on how you define it.

    A cockerel is ready for slaughter at 12 weeks, so that could be one option.
    6 months has always been considered the norm, for pullets. But there is no single answer for such a question, as much depends on breed and conditions. The norm for one may not be the same for another.


    Chicks are only chicks for about 4 weeks. After that, they are pullets or cockerels.

    Traditionally, the first molt marks the turning point from pullet to hen for females.

    Males are generally considered to go from cockerel to full fledged cocks after 12 months.
    Last edited: May 9, 2009

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