I was looking at my CX's tonight, with a critical eye. I am semi disappointed in this group. I have been noticing a lot of size differentia. as Minnie said hers had. Very inconsistent.
I have some nice ones but none will dress 13 pounds this year, which is disappointing in and of itself.
I am having trouble telling the cockerels. At this age they should have larger red waddles and combs, I see none. My Mom was out there tonight and I even asked her do you see any roosters?
She said "No, I was looking the other day, I wonder if you got all hens."
What do you think should I be able to see the difference now, they were 11 weeks old last Tuesday?
The only have 13 days to make themselves known.
Definitely should tell the difference on sexes. I had more pullets this year than cockerels, about 75% pullets, in fact. I always order straight run and usually get more cockerels.
The size was fairly consisted this year when they got weighed, but I know McMurray's have a big variation. I had one that dressed 3# (his name was Nugget and the only named CRX), and the others were over 5.5# This year's were smaller though than I have had using Stromberg's and feeding the same and butchering at the same age. Plus, it wasn't terribly hot this Summer like I have raised them in in the past, so they should have had an easier grow time.