A rooster is a male chicken, and a hen is a female chicken. While it is often difficult to tell them apart when they are young, some basic physical characteristics distinguish roosters from hens.Know More
The process of identifying the gender of chickens is called sexing. It can be difficult to determine the sex of chicks, which are baby chickens. Sexing chicks becomes easier as they grow older.
There are many different breeds of chicken, but terminology tends to remain standard across types and breeds. For example, a young female chicken that is not of breeding age is called a pullet while a young male chicken of similar age is called a cockerel. Adult females are called hens, and adult males are called roosters. Gender distinctions begin at the pullet and cockerel stage for many breeds.
A few general characteristics aid in the visual identification of chickens by gender:
In certain breeds, roosters are also larger than hens. Additionally, roosters crow, while hens do not.Learn more about Chickens
For individuals interested in keeping chickens for eggs, roosters have little value and are often given away for free. In 2014, a young rooster costs $5 to $15. Newly hatched chickens, half of which are roosters, can be purchased in 2014 for $3 to $5.Full Answer >
A young hen is usually referred to as a "chick." In most cases, the title "hen" refers to an adult female bird; in domestic terms, a hen is an adult female chicken that has reached maturity and can lay eggs. Birds normally incubate their eggs for a period of between 2 weeks and 30 days before the eggs hatch into chicks.Full Answer >
A Cornish hen is a chicken that was created in 1820 to combine the speed of one chicken, the English Game, with the power of the Aseel Game. The American Poultry Association recognized it as a Cornish fowl in 1910.Full Answer >
The female guineafowl or guinea hen has a distinctive call that sounds like "buck-wheat" or "pot-rack." The first note is short and the second is longer with a rising pitch. The male guineafowl has a one-note call that sounds like "chek." Both sexes repeat their calls rapidly when agitated.Full Answer >