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Stocking Stuffer ID?

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I got four unidentified extra chicks in my McMurray order that hatched April 25th. They have yellow legs and are white/a light peachy color. They are growing faster then the other birds I ordered, and I am interested in knowing what they are in case I want to order some in the future. I am leaning toward male red Stars?





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They may be broilers/meat chickens. The way they look and the fact that they're growing much more quickly than the others may indicated Cornish Cross chickens - you'd have to eat them at some point soon (around 12-15wks or so, I believe) as soon as they weigh around 5lbs you can butcher them. I could be wrong about what they are, though. :)

Hens:24 x Golden Sex LInk, 5 x Rhode Island Red, 5 x Barred Rock, 3 x Light Brahma/Rhode Island Red cross, 3 x Buff Orpington, 2 x Rhode Island Red/? cross, 3 x Rhode Island Red/Easter Egger? cross and 2 x Buff Orpington roosters. Bantam hens:2 x Bearded d'Anver, 1 x Silver Laced Cochin,1 x Black Dutch, 1 x Black Dutch rooster and 1 x Bearded d'Anver rooster.
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Hens:24 x Golden Sex LInk, 5 x Rhode Island Red, 5 x Barred Rock, 3 x Light Brahma/Rhode Island Red cross, 3 x Buff Orpington, 2 x Rhode Island Red/? cross, 3 x Rhode Island Red/Easter Egger? cross and 2 x Buff Orpington roosters. Bantam hens:2 x Bearded d'Anver, 1 x Silver Laced Cochin,1 x Black Dutch, 1 x Black Dutch rooster and 1 x Bearded d'Anver rooster.
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Originally Posted by littlegreywolf View Post

They may be broilers/meat chickens. The way they look and the fact that they're growing much more quickly than the others may indicated Cornish Cross chickens - you'd have to eat them at some point soon (around 12-15wks or so, I believe) as soon as they weigh around 5lbs you can butcher them. I could be wrong about what they are, though. smile.png

I had also initially thought broiler, but they aren't as, shall we say, ugly, as other broilers I've seen, imo.
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Birds are about 7 weeks now, and I just wanted to update this. They are all a peachy color with differing amounts of red on the wings, all appear male. I think my initial guess of red star males was likely correct!



I will try to remember to get pictures before butcher day, but there are a lot of adult examples on Google for anyone interested.
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