Is Mina a girl or boy?


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olayak

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Hi,
I have adopted (pet) Cornish X chickens. They were born around Sept 11, so they are about 9 weeks old now. One of the birds (named Mina), who I was CONVINCED was a hen, is starting to look a little like a rooster to me. I guess some Cornish hens can have a fairly big wattle? Anyway, here are some pictures or her/him and her brother who is the same age (definitely a Rooster) and her sisters (who are definitely female).
Picture 1 -Mina
Picture 2 - Mina from top
Picture 3 - Mina and Fluffy (Rooster)
Picture 4- Fluffy (Rooster)
Picture 5- Titchy (hen, runt of clutch)
Picture 6- unnamed new hen, just arrived.

In the picture with the two chickens, the Rooster (Fluffy) is in the front and Mina is in the back. Just so you can see a side by side comparison, she definitely does not look as big or red as him. Also, one of her sisters is the runt (half the size!) and two others aren't in great shape (were provided veterinary care but overfed by someone, we just picked them up two days ago), so that may have slowed their development.
Again, only 9 weeks old, so they can still change and grow! Fluffy crows every morning, so definitely a roo! Nobody else has laid eggs yet or crowed, so it remains to be seen.
Thanks!
 

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olayak

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Cockerel.
Cornish X are not pure Cornish. They are hyrbids bred for meat and have a very short lifespan because of that.
I would not expect them to live to sexual maturity.

True, but I do know other Cornish X who are now three years old. If they are carefully cared for they can live longer than expected. Except for the two new ones mine are in extremely good health and great shape. Very active and affectionate!
 

olayak

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Thank you, I appreciate the advice. I'm already doing all these things, I know others with pet broilers and they have said the same thing. My chickens are super healthy and active . They are awesome! I just can't figure out if that one bird is male or female, she looked very very female up until a day ago! Now I'm just wondering if maybe she's female with a big wattle? But lots of people have said Cockerel, and I'm fine with that, too.
 

olayak

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Jul 26, 2012
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New York
The two new ones that we just got were kept in not the best conditions. They came from the same group as mine, but I got mine weeks ago. Is it possible that these two new ones (see pics) are actually males but with developmental delays? As you can see they are both VERY overweight (we'll work on that!). So, do you think they are definitely female? Or males with delayed development?
Thanks!
 

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