Originally Posted by Fire Ant Farm
Mine are crowing at 3 weeks, so I am never confused about gender, good auto sexing at hatch or not.
(@ChicKat - ALLL the boys have been crowing insanely early - is this your fault through Dumbledore's line?!!!! )
I'm urgently working on housing options, as my 12 week old CL boys are mounting anything that sits still too long right now...
- Ant Farm
Oh yes, definitely Dumbledore is responsible --I have lots and lots of brooder crowers. -- Must be a south Tx thing? ;O). Almost would wonder if something is wrong if they don't start to crow pretty early.
Has anyone noticed that if you have a group of juveniles/grow-outs -- that one male becomes dominant -- and then subsequent males -- grow their combs slower ? LOL -- may not be cause and effect -- could be effect and cause --
Consider this, I got 10 beautiful Isabel chicks -- and from another source I got 4. Of course without the benefit of autosexing -- (and I am too impatient to wait the 3-weeks for a crow (or more accurately a squeak)) --with a non-autosexing chicken -- it is a game of guess-the-gender. When some are obvious -- the game is easier. Larger combs by age 4-weeks.
Could I have the great good fortune that of the first 4 only 1 was male -- and of the next 10 - only 2 are male? -- I had someone else working on lavender/Isabel and so was able to provide them with an Isabel cockerel -- since two Isable males will be sufficient for my needs...
Just reading up on how some plants can repress growth of certain other plants -- and some plants stimulate growth of others....... Could chickens repress growth of possible competitors? The Isbel that went to another home was obviously the one with the largest comb -- definitely a male -- and now (and a week has also gone by--- Number 2 has gotten a significantly larger comb. In the other pen -- the definitely cockerel little guy has a Legbar and an Isbar along with assorted females -- another group of 10 --- the other males a bit younger -- seem to be developing more slowly. (But then it is an apples/oranges comparison -- because they are different breeds)--- In a cockerel grow-out pen -- three boys all hatched Valentines day -- development pretty much in step - which would shoot down the theory -- Two legbars one Isbar....but they are not intermixed with females.......
FireAntFarm - Here is a plan for housing -- may be of some interest -- fast and mobile....
Housing cockerels together--- at some point even hatch mate brothers in my experience get mean to eachother... The are three cockerels here -- that spend a lot of time sparring.
Joan Jett -- looking like a Polish? -- tweezers?
Edited by ChicKat - 4/26/16 at 6:14am