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What's the difference between a rooster and a chicken?

Last Updated: 6th April, 2020

A rooster is a male chicken and is also known as a cock. So in usual terms, a male chicken is a rooster and a female chicken is a hen. A rooster is known to protect the group of chickens especially the female ones. Roosters are known to be more aggressive than the female chickens.

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Moreover, at what age can you tell if a chicken is a rooster?

Crowing is a fairly good indicator, but isn't fail-safe, either, because some hens do crow. Plus, generally speaking, you will be able to tell by feathers much earlier since roosters don't usually begin to crow until they are 4 or 5 months old.

Additionally, what's the difference between cockerel and hen? A male chicken is considered a cockerel before one year of age. After one year, he is considered a rooster. A female chicken is considered a pullet before one year of age. After one year, she is considered a hen.

Correspondingly, do we eat rooster or hen?

You can eat a rooster, a castrated rooster is called a capon, but they are not as suitable for industrial-scale farming. Hens grow more evenly than roosters do. Roosters tend to have a more gamey taste to them, so for consistent taste it is only hens that are used.

How can you tell if its a rooster?

If the egg has a pointed tip, it's a rooster. Hold them upside down by their feet and the rooster will spring back up quickly. A threaded needle held over the bird's head will swing back and forth over a rooster and in a circular motion over a hen.

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