Was cold here in Souteastern NH last right -13 ambient, windchill -35. Unfornatunatly our four NH Red hens did not do as well with the weather in there home state, most got frost bite on the tips of there combs.
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I'm a grandfather who bought a dozen unsexed New Hampshire Reds because my grandchildren saw them at Tractor Supply (and convinced the old sucker/grandpa that they needed them). I built a coop capable of having 9 hens laying at the same time. Problem is, I live in an area that is not zoned for chickens. I think I have only two hens and ten roosters but I'm not sure. The crown on top of their heads are larger for the ones I think are roosters (and slightly less red) after two months of age. I had planned to kill the roosters this weekend for the meat before they start crowing (and catching the ire of the zoning officials). Does anyone have pictures of juvenile male and female New Hampshire Reds so I don't accidentally kill hens?
Here are my pics of young cockerel and pullet New Hampshire.
You'll note even at an early age the cockerels comb and wattles are reddening and the hens comb and wattles are a peach color. Hers won't redden until she's close to laying eggs-- usually the fall if they are spring chicks.
Edited by Bogtown Chick - 4/29/16 at 10:08pm