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What is the difference between a chicken and a hen?

Question #79286. Asked by Rachel xx.
Last updated Oct 08 2016.

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Rizeeve star
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Answer has 22 votes.

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A hen is an adult female chicken, chicken is the general term for the bird (can be male or female).

Apr 22 2007, 2:49 PM
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Chicken is the breed.
Hen refers to the sex of the bird.

Male chickens are known as roosters (in the U.S., Canada and Australia), cocks, or cockerels. Castrated roosters are called capons.
Female chickens are known as hens, or 'chooks' in Australian English. Young females are known as pullets. Roosters can usually be differentiated from hens by their striking plumage, marked by long flowing tails and bright pointed feathers on their necks.


Apr 22 2007, 2:59 PM
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We call all of them chickens when we seen them in a flock. We call the females hens and the males roosters.

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Response last updated by LadyNym on Aug 23 2016.
Apr 22 2007, 3:09 PM
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Answer has 9 votes.
All Hens (in this context) are Chickens, but not all Chickens are Hens!

Apr 22 2007, 11:59 PM
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This thread brings to mind a Seinfeld episode:
Frank Costanza: Let me understand, you got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who's having sex with the hen?

George Costanza: Why don't we talk about it another time.

Frank Costanza: But you see my point here? You only hear of a hen, a rooster and a chicken. Something's missing!

Mrs. Ross: Something's missing all right.

Mr. Ross: They're all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.

Frank Costanza: That's perverse.


Oct 08 2016, 1:09 PM
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