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Many Terms for Poultry

There are a number of birds that fall into the poultry category. There are also a number of terms for different stages of life for poultry.

  • Chick: A baby chicken
  • Poult: A baby turkey
  • Pullet: A female breeder chicken under 20 weeks old
  • Hen: A female chicken or turkey over 20 weeks old
  • Rooster: A male chicken
  • Tom: A male turkey
  • Broiler: A chicken raised for meat
  • Layer: A chicken raised to produce eggs