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Glossary of Chicken Terms

Chicken Talk

chickens at the pond.

Credit: Pricillia Stiles

Can you tell the difference between a boiler and a broiler? A rooster from a roaster? We've compiled a list of chicken terms every owner needs to know.

  • Bantam: A diminutive breed of domestic fowl
  • Boiler: A chicken 6 to 9 months old.
  • Broiler: A cockerel of 2 or 3 pounds, at 8 to 12 weeks old.
  • Cock: A male chicken, also called a rooster.
  • Cockerel: A young rooster, under 1 year old.
  • Fryer: A chicken of 3 to 4 pounds, at 12 to 14 weeks old.
  • Hen: A female chicken.
  • Nest Egg: Literally, a china or wooden egg placed into the nest to encourage laying; figuratively, something set aside as security.
  • Point-of-lay Pullet: A young female, just about to lay, near 5 months old.
  • Pullet: A young female chicken, under 1 year old.
  • Roaster: A chicken of 4 to 6 pounds, over 12 to 14 weeks old.
  • Rooster: A male chicken; also called a cock.
  • Sexed Chicks: Separated into pullets only or only cockerels
  • Straight Run: Pullets and cockerels, mixed (unsexed or "as hatched.")

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Comments

can you please tell me what

By Blackbird44

can you please tell me what an old chicken is called

Also include layers. The hens

By Tanmay Roy

Also include layers. The hens who have started laying or laying for a long time.

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Hi, thanks but a little

By NYB

Hi, thanks but a little confused.

If a Hen is a female chicken, and a cock or cockerel is a male, what are fryers and roasters, which you simply call

Fryer "A chicken of 3 to 4 pounds, at 12 to 14 weeks old."

or

Roaster: A chicken of 4 to 6 pounds, over 12 to 14 weeks old"

Thanks.

Fryers and Roasters can be

By Sarah Perreault

Fryers and Roasters can be male or female.

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