Basic Chicken Terms and Anatomy

Chicken basics for you wannabe chicken people out there!

TBN Ranch Chicken Keeping

If you’re new to raising chickens here are the most frequently used terms by chicken keepers everywhere. I hope it helps you better understand and care for your birds.

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Bantam:  Diminutive breed of domestic fowl.
Boiler:  Chicken 6 to 9 months old.
Broiler:  Cockerel of 2 to 3 pounds at 8 to 12 weeks old.
Cock:  Male chicken, or rooster.
Cockerel:  Young rooster under 1 year old.
Fryer:  Chicken 3 to 4 pounds at 12 to 14 weeks old.
Hen:  Female chicken.
Point of Lay Pullet:  Young female chicken just about to lay, about 5 months old.
Pullet:  Young female chicken under 1 year old.
Roaster:  Chicken 4 to 6 pounds and over 12 to 14 weeks old.
Rooster:  Male chicken, also called a cock.
Sexed Chicks:  Separated by sex, pullets and cockerels.
Straight Run:  Mix of pullets and cockerels.

Broody:  When the hen has an urge to sit on…

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