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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ktownjeep, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. ktownjeep

    ktownjeep Out Of The Brooder

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    Do cornish chickens have single combs or pea combs.
    I have five young chickens that have single combs,
    I think they are Leghorns but some people say they are meat birds.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They will have single combs. In about 1 week you will be able to tell the difference between leghorns and cornish.. if you really know what you are looking at, it only takes a few days to figure out. The cornish will pig out ALL the time while the leghorns will be light on their feet. Also, you can look at the girth of their legs. Leghorns will have have skinny feet and be flighty, cornish will have fat legs and be very calm. Post a picture of them. Also, leghorns, if roos will show comb development at like 3 weeks enough to be able to sex them.
     
  3. ktownjeep

    ktownjeep Out Of The Brooder

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  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Top one is definantly female... bottom one may be a male. They dont look like leghorns or conrish to me. How many weeks old are they? I want to guess about 4 weeks? Cornish will be about 2-3 lbs by then and leghorns will be about oh, less than half a lb? Cornish crosses will also have a starting of bare spots on their chests due to sitting all the time and eating/ pigging out in the feeders. They also lay the hugest pile of poo when compared to leghorns.

    I want to say you have meat birds there that are a bit slow growing or maybe white rocks.. but even those will be kind of small.

    Here are pics, the ones that are links are too big to put in a post


    This is a leghorn rooster at almost 3 weeks old.
    http://students.washington.edu/dianage/august 8/rooster/might be good rooster.jpg


    About one week old leghorn. Note thin legs.
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    These are leghorns at 8 weeks old:

    http://students.washington.edu/dianage/sept 1/getting bigger.JPG

    This is a cornish at about 6-7 weeks:

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    Hope it helps a bit.
     
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  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You know, the more I look. I want to say you have meat birds even more.
     
  6. ktownjeep

    ktownjeep Out Of The Brooder

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    My birds are 6-8 weeks old
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    In that case, maybe they are white rocks?
     
  8. M.J

    M.J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it could be a cornish cross for a ture cornish has a pea comb
     

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