5 week old buffs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Big Orp, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Big Orp

    Big Orp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 27 5 week old Buffs and have some questions. Some have long tale feathers and some have short tale feathers. Are the males the ones with the long tale feathers? All of the pictures I've seen of the adults shows the males with longer tale feathers.
    I just want to make sure I don't send any hens to the butcher.

    If anyone has butchered buffs b4. How many weeks should I wait b4 sending them to the freezer?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It might be a little early to tell for sure but the boys will have longer curved tail feathers. Hackle, wing and tail feathers will be more pointed while the girls will have rounded feathers. Since they're all the same breed and age you will also notice thicker longer legs on males.
    There will be no doubt about sex by the time they're big enough to eat.
    Most DP breeds of that size will benefit from living between 14 and 20 weeks.
     
  3. Big Orp

    Big Orp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply. This is my first time with non sex linked chickens.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Depends.

    On many more traditional, American class fowl, it is the females the shoot out a longer tail while in the brooder. The cockerels will certainly get nice tails when they mature, but not at first.
     

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