Poultry production: The difference between culls and point of lay pullets


By Digital team | 20 February 2018
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Photo: Charl van Rooyen

Question: What the difference is between point of lay pullets and culls?

  • Point of lay pullets are about 17 weeks old and ready to start laying by 18 to 19 weeks.
  • They’ve been reared and vaccinated to be able to produce to the breed standards. When introduced into the laying house, the increased light intensity and the pullet’s natural development will stimulate laying.
  • Culls are hens that have been either removed from the laying house because they no longer lay eggs, or that have now reached an age – from 65 to 75 weeks old – where it is no longer economically viable to keep them in lay.

Also read: Poultry production: How to determine the sex of chickens

  • This article was written by Dr. Mick Versfeld and first appeared in Farming SA.