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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Cornishcross, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Cornishcross

    Cornishcross In the Brooder

    Dec 11, 2011
    Now when you order cornish Xs, are all the males roosters? and should i get all females only for meat birds if i want them all the same?

  2. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Males are roosters, yes. If you order them straight run, there will be some difference in weight between the males and females at processing time but unless you are selling them to a customer who wants them all a specific weight, it shouldn't matter.
  3. Cornishcross

    Cornishcross In the Brooder

    Dec 11, 2011
    Thanks a bunch
  4. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Songster

    Jun 21, 2011
    Waldo County, Maine
    Quote:The males will be cockerels. If crowing is a concern, or local regs, they'll be the size of a full-grown dual purpose bird by the time they reach optimum feed conversion at about eight weeks. Large yes, but not sexually mature and crowing should not be an issue. And with no crowing, it would be hard to run afoul of regs that might prohibit roosters.

    As for uniformity, allowing for all the usual variations, a cockerel will often dress out a pound, give-or-take, heavier than a pullet. If that's not an issue for you, straight run is the way to go for holding down up-front costs.
  5. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Male chickens ARE roosters. All of them. Unless they've been castrated, then they are capons. But you would know if you were getting capons, because they'd be older and expensive and they would tell you. If you are getting Cornish Cross, you will likely be butchering them before you know for sure what gender they are, at 8 weeks it isn't all that obvious. They are so young that there will not be any difference in taste between a male or female. Some places sell all female Cornish Cross for cheaper than male or straight run, but usually straight run (both males and females) is the cheapest.

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