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Young hens are often called ‘pullets.’ They don’t officially become hens until they have moulted their feathers for the first time, which usually happens when they are about a year old. If a pullet is very young, she won’t be ready to lay eggs for a while. Her first eggs are likely to be small, but she’ll lay larger ones as she grows older. While she is getting used to laying, she may give you some strange eggs. You might find a tiny egg without a yolk, or even a big one with two yolks. There is usually nothing to worry about, but laying her first eggs can be a big deal for a little hen, so try not to disturb her during this delicate time.
Young hens are called pullets