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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by alohamoa, Dec 10, 2015.
Hello! Ideal Poultry sent me 12 extra chicks, any idea what breed? Thank you!
They most likely added production red cockerels to keep your chicks warm.
They do look like some type of Production Red so far.
So if they are all going to be roosters, what would be a good age to cull them? I cannot have roosters where I live.
X2 on both of the above posts.
If you are planning to eat them, I would butcher them around 16 weeks. That age would probably be the best balance between quantity of meat and quality (tenderness) of meat.
Thanks for the info. As you can tell I'm new to chickens. My husband is a bird Hunter so I'm guessing we'll butcher and eat them. Can not believe they are 12 males! Oh boy!
agree with Star me Kritten and Queen Misha.
You can see how little value the hatcheries consider male chicks to be worth.
If you're not allowed roosters, simply start culling whenever a bird starts crowing. Some may live a lot longer than others