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Bollith Bred Poultry

Specialising in quality, free range poultry, perfect for your backyard

Glossary of Poultry Terms

Bantam

A miniature chicken, about one-fourth the size of a regular-sized chicken.


Brood

  1. A Collective term for a batch of chicks
  2. To care for a batch of chicks


Broody

A mother hen


Coccidiosis

A parasitic protozoal infestation, usually occurring in damp, unclean housing.


Coccidiostat

A medication used to prevent chickens from getting Coccidiosis


Cockerel

A male chicken under one year old


Coop

The area which the chickens live


Crest

A puff or gathering of feathers on a chickens head, such as the Silkie, Polish or Houdan.


Crossbreed

The offspring of a hen and a rooster of two different breeds


Crumbles

Pellets, in crushed form.

Day Old

Technically a chick that is less than 24 hours old, but often breeders use this term for all their chicks under 7 days old.


Flock

A group of chickens living together


Free Range

Chickens are able to roam at will.


Hen

A female chickens


Molt

The annual shedding and renewing of a bird's feathers.


Pellet

Mash that has been compressed into small tubular/pellet shapes.


Purebred

The offspring of a hen and a rooster of the same breed


Pullet

A female chicken under one year old


Roost

The place where chickens spend the night; the act of resting on a roost; also called a Perch.


Rooster

A male chicken, sometimes called a Cock


Wattles

The two red flaps of flesh that dangle under a chicken's chin.