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French for a very young, small chicken, sometimes also called petit poussin.

In Commonwealth countries, poussin (or less common coquelet) is a butcher term for a young chicken, less than 28 days old at slaughter and usually weighing 400 – 450 grammes but not above 750 g. It is sometimes also called spring chicken, although the term spring chicken usually refers to chickens weighing 750 – 850 g.

In the United States of America, poussin is an alternative name for a small-sized cross-breed chicken called Rock Cornish game hen, developed in the late 1950s, which is twice as old and twice as large as the typical British poussin.

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