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How to sex a young chicken?

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I want to eat a few birds (barnyard mixed breeds) that I hatch. The problem is the size and age (3-4 months old) that I want to harvest them I can't tell if they are roosters or hens yet. They look the same. I only want to eat the roosters. How does everyone else sex their birds?

post #2 of 5

At that age you should be able to tell.  The boys will start to get their saddle feathers in and should also have bigger/redder combs.  If you post some pics I'm sure we can help out.  wink

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Am I correct on the proper age to slaughter them? 3-4 months? I have barred rocks and production reds and a few EE's.

Again thanks for the help. I love this place.


Edited by JaceTx - 2/22/09 at 8:41am
post #4 of 5

They'll be good for small fryers at that age.  The meat chickens that you can buy can be processed at 8 weeks, but the "normal" chickens aren't big enough at that age.  You'll probably only get 1/2 the meat from the chickens you're talking about at 4 months of age as you would on the meat chickens at 8 weeks, but since you're hatching them anyways you may as well use them!  You may have to slow cook the ones that are 4 months old as they start to get a little tough at that age.  As long as you know not to expect chickens w/ a lot of breast meat like you see at the store then it should be a pleasant experience.

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post #5 of 5

ive never eaten a chicken under a year old that was tough or any where near tough

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