A chicken is a type of bird.
A hen is an adult female chicken.
A rooster (US) or cockerel (UK) is an adult male chicken.
In the US, ‘cockerel’ is also used, but generally means a younger male, under 1 year old. You might hear some people say that ‘cock’ is used as an abbreviated way of saying cockerel in the UK. I don’t know why Americans seem to think this – cock means the same thing in the UK as it does in the US, and does not refer to a chicken outside of Shakespeare plays (and, even then, its usually a penis joke!).
A chick is the offspring of a hen and a cockerel/rooster.
A pullet is a hen that is under 1 year old (or just a young hen, if speaking informally about chickens).
Another User Commented out:
A chicken is a chicken
A chick is a baby chicken
A pullet is a young hen. A hen is a female chicken
A young rooster is a Cockerel. A rooster is a male chicken.
Chicken terminology in a nutshell.
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