Glossary

Glossary

straight-run (unsexed): a chick that is usually 0-3 months old and we cannot yet tell the sex of the bird.  50% hens and 50% roos expected normally.

pullets: a young female bird that is usually less than 5-6 months and not sexually mature.  Small breeds such as the Serama and d’Uccle mature sexually at 5 months. Standard size breeds tend to mature sexually at 6 months.  Mature sexually means they are laying and we call them a hen.

hen: a sexually mature, laying female bird.

cockerel: a young male bird that is usually less than 5-6 months and not sexually mature. Small bantam sized breeds such as the Serama and d’Uccle mature sexually at 5 months. Standard size breeds tend to mature sexually at 6 months.

rooster: a sexually mature, male bird.

pet quality: a bird that is not 100% perfect breed standard for our breeding program.  These are still great birds and often a great deal.