Can you tell the difference between a hen and a rooster? What is a pullet? We’ve compiled a list of chicken terms every owner needs to know.
Terms for Types of Chickens
- Bantam: A diminutive breed of domestic fowl. Find out more about other chicken breeds.
- 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. Learn more about egg production in your chicken coop.
- 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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