March 22, 2012

Hens, cocks, roosters, cockerels, capons, pullets, chicks and chicken

Two hens eating in yardDid you know...? In the UK, Ireland and Australia adult male chickens over the age of 12 months are primarily known as cocks, whereas in America and Canada they are more commonly called roosters. Males under a year old are cockerels. Castrated roosters are called capons. Females over a year old are known as hens, and younger females are pullets. In Australia and New Zealand (also sometimes in Britain) there is a generic term chook to describe all ages and both sexes. Babies are called chicks, and the meat is called chicken.

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