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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:58 pm 
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I've been going through the threads here and have found a couple that shows a photo and explains parts of the chicken and another with a limited set of terminology but nothing that seems to be alphabetical or complete.

For example, what is a pullet? What does clay mean? And I've come across quite a few other words that don't mean much to me as yet. But trying hard to understand it all.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:35 pm 
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It's a whole new world really isn't it. :-D

A pullet is a young female. I think to 12 months old ( there may be some variation on exactly when a pullet becomes a hen) A cockerel is the equivalent male. Some Game breeders use the word Stag instead of cockerel.

I have no idea on what clay is.

If I come across a word I'm unfamiliar with I use the search feature (at the top of the page) and you can usually work out what it means by the results. Also google is a useful tool. And if in doubt you can always just ask. I'm sure someone will come along to answer your question.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:13 pm 
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A glossary is a good idea. Zilly has already suggested one but it didn't get completed. Perhaps our new librarians would like to put it together and add to it over time. ;-) viewtopic.php?f=19&t=7975115

There is a brief one here that would be a good starter. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5472

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:19 pm 
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Thanks, I had seen the first link but not the second. But it would help if there was an alphabetical listing somewhere for newbies like me to go to. I have done searches here but I don't always find the answers, which is why I asked. Everyone writes in Chicken Speak but if you don't speak it... :laughing it makes it a bit hard to know what it all means. But I'm learning.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:40 pm 
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Hello Kathiemt. Good point. Lots of us scratch our heads wondering about those abbreviations at times.

The "librarians" (as Chicken07 suggested) are working on it. :biggrin:


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" Clay" is a colour usually associated with OEG Wheatens, the hens that are nearly white are referred to as clays (as in pipe clay)and they have black tails.They are a striking colour but you mostly see the wheaten coloured ones these days.( The redder ones are more the colour of wheat,hence wheaten.) Hope this helps.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:30 pm 
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Guy Fahey wrote:
" Clay" is a colour usually associated with OEG Wheatens, the hens that are nearly white are referred to as clays (as in pipe clay)and they have black tails.They are a striking colour but you mostly see the wheaten coloured ones these days.( The redder ones are more the colour of wheat,hence wheaten.) Hope this helps.


umm, ok. What is OEG? And I think I get wheaten although you mention red.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:44 pm 
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to me pullet = female chicken which has not gone through its first real molt yet, after which it becomes a hen.

a lot of people use the term to describe a young female about to lay... i guess it depends on your application of keeping fowl?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:51 pm 
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OEG is Old English Game. ( a breed of chicken). There are a great many colours and colour terms in OEG ( and chickens generally). It can get confusing when your first starting out.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:01 pm 
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Yes, it is very confusing learning a new language just about. I've seen may of the words before but didn't know their meanings so it's good for me to learn.

When do they do their first moult?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:50 pm 
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viewtopic.php?f=10&t=7968745

There's some good info on moulting in this thread :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:33 pm 
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Thanks Dan, much appreciated.

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Hermetic_Eggs wrote:
to me pullet = female chicken which has not gone through its first real molt yet, after which it becomes a hen.

a lot of people use the term to describe a young female about to lay... i guess it depends on your application of keeping fowl?


It is difficult to clarify as there seems to be so much room, to me each are young fowl under the age of 1 year, moult or not.
Having said that, I heard a breeder call an obvious rooster of about 2 years old, a cockerel last weekend.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:26 pm 
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All very confusing. Oh well, I'll learn. Get my first chickens tomorrow! Can't wait.

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