Barred Rocks Fully Grown?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sweet_peeps, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When are Barred Rocks fully grown?

    I'd like mine to be too fat to fly over the backyard
    fence and just stay in the yard!

    Mine are 10 weeks old tomorrow.
     
  2. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the animal world, "adulthood" is usually qualified by being ready to reproduce. I would think then that when your chickens are ready to lay eggs or impregnate a hen then they are fully grown. I'm not sure specifically, but I think that for Rocks that age is around 4 1/2-5 months.

    If you don't want them to fly, why don't you trim one of their wings? They wont be able to keep their balance or get to high up. But be careful and do your research first before you try it.
     
  3. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks.
    I was hoping they would be too fat to fly over
    the fence. We'll have to see when they're
    full size.

    They're in "lock down" today as I caught them
    in the garden yesterday among the tomatoes
    and watermelons!
    Very naughty!

    I'm a little "chicken" to clip their wings
    but I may have to do it.
     
  4. RavenStorm

    RavenStorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out this page: https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-wingclipping.html

    You
    really don't want your chickens to get fat. If you are keeping them for eggs, being fat will lower their production.

    How high is your fence? Maybe you should extend it?

    I'm nervous about my future chickens getting into my garden. My heirloom tomatoes are my babies! I pamper those plants more than some people threat their beloved pets.
     
  5. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could clip their wings
     
  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    I personally am really against wing clipping. Our hens never wander away. We have a 1.5 foot fence and they totally acknowledge it. If you teat your birds well and they know where home is (chickens are real homebodies) you shouldn't have to clip their wings. Hope this helps! [​IMG]
     
  7. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I meant I was hoping their breed would
    be too fat to fly over the fence.

    The fence is 3 or 4 ft. tall and i'll probably
    have to clip their wings until they reach full
    size and get too lazy to bother.
     

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