Cockerels or pullets?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Omarrah, May 24, 2019.

  1. Omarrah

    Omarrah In the Brooder

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC. Birds with larger combs are cockerels. The bad news is that they are not leghorns. They appear to be Cornish cross meat birds - that would explain the rapid growth and size. The smaller birds may be leghorns. Can you post pictures of them ?
     
  3. DobieLover

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    I see one leghorn at the back of the second picture.
    The rest look like cornish crosses.
    Where did you get these birds?
     
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  4. Omarrah

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    We bought all of the white ones from Tractor Supply. All were in the same cage and were all supposed to be Leghorns.
     
  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Unfortunately, the employees at TSC rarely know a thing about chicks other than they are fuzzy. Cornish X chicks and white leghorn chicks are both yellow. The Cornish X are always sold as straight run, hence the cockerels you have. Someone at the store has obviously mixed the two breeds in the same bin.
    Now the question is, what are you going to do with your meat birds?
     
  6. Trux

    Trux Crowing

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    TSC strikes again!
     
  7. Omarrah

    Omarrah In the Brooder

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    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    The two smaller ones look like white leghorn pullets.
    Cornish X birds are processed between 8 and 10 weeks. What have you been feeding them?
     
  9. Omarrah

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    We’ve been feeding them the chick granules from TSC.
     
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