Chicken basics for you wannabe chicken people out there!
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.
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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