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is this a hen???

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 We ordered all male cornish rocs but we have a couple that look like this. The rest are all big red combs and waddles.  They are 8 weeks old and i wouldn't mind trying to keep a hen.  Whatcha think?  Is this a SHE?

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That red at 8 weeks is not a pullet.

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Additionally, in order to have hope of keeping them beyond the processing age would have required starting modified feeding practices well before this age/size. 

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even though the rest of them look like this? 

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You can get a huge variety in comb and wattle development in male chicks. Pullets too for that matter. Some just mature a lot earlier than others in size, behaviors and appearance. Yes, even though the others look like that, I agree that is a male. It’s not just the color of the comb and wattles but the size of both, especially the wattles. At 8 weeks a pullet just won’t look like that.

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Thank you so much!  It looks like all of them will have a very bad day on Saturday!

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Regardless of gender, Cornish Rocks are not a long-lived breed. They are bred for rapid growth, and both males and females are ready for processing at 8 to 10 weeks. It's rare for a pullet to live long enough to produce eggs.

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