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Hens and chickens in German

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

5/28/2018, 5:14:08 AM

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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.

5/28/2018, 6:33:12 AM

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Useful to know, I'm serious. Danke.

5/29/2018, 3:40:22 AM

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Ah so, mein ex war ein Gockel!

12/22/2018, 11:05:00 PM

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

5/28/2018, 10:45:17 AM

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Didn't understand

5/28/2018, 5:14:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/gunumegu

what?

5/28/2018, 5:39:07 AM

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

5/28/2018, 5:39:38 AM

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

5/28/2018, 5:56:24 AM

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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.

5/28/2018, 8:18:50 AM

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

5/28/2018, 7:39:12 PM

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Some people call hens and chicks, chickens.

5/28/2018, 5:58:39 AM

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LOL

5/28/2018, 8:04:20 PM
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