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Hens and chickens in German

An owl should be able to distinguish a hen from a chicken in German, too!

May 28, 2018



Huhn - Hühner is the generic term for the type of animal.

"Huhn" is also used for the female animal, as is "Hahn" for the male

A "Henne" is a female that hatches / has chicks

"Küken" is chick

"Hähnchen" is a young male chicken meant for frying

"Gockel" is another word for "Hahn", also used to described a vain person.

I'm sure chicken farmers differentiate more, but these are the words lays use.

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Useful to know, I'm serious. Danke.


Ah so, mein ex war ein Gockel!


and stopcock is der Absperrhahn... though quite where the chickens come into it eludes me...


Didn't understand


A hen is a chicken. What's your point?


A hen is a female chook. A chicken is a baby chick. And a rooster is a male chook.

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    Admittedly this issue has always confused me as well.

    From here: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-between-a-chicken-a-hen-and-a-rooster

    Chicken = The general term for the species as a whole. This includes both male and female adults.

    Chick = Just like “Chicken” this is a term for the species as a whole, both male and female. But this term is for young males and females that have not reached adulthood yet.

    Hen = This term is for an adult female chicken.

    Pullet = This is a young female chicken that has not reached adulthood yet. Basically pullets haven’t reached the age where they start laying eggs.

    Rooster = An adult male chicken. These are the ones that crow, generally starting super early in the morning.

    Cockerel = A young male chicken that has not reached adulthood yet.


    In America this stands true. In Australia and New Zealand you'll find: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/chook


    Some people call hens and chicks, chickens.

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