Basic Chicken Terms and Anatomy

For everything “chicken”

TBN Ranch Chicken Keeping Resources

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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