Going to go get some chickens tomorrow.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by davecash, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to trade some of my many rtoosters for a cochin rooster and some hens of my choice.. The thing is, I have to pick out the pullets myself.. What is there to look for in a pullet, so I will know that I didnt get ahold of a rooster?
     
  2. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they?

    That will be the main question that needs answering before anybody can give you good advice.

    Jean
     
  3. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just about to start laying, 4 months maybe?
     
  4. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone? I would really like to know some information before I go to bed tonight. Thanks,

    Big Dave Cash
     
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    The pullets' combs should still be much smaller than the combs on the cockerals.

    Dawn
     
  6. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
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    Here is a 3 month old pair. You can easily tell the roo is on the right.
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    A grown pair of Blues.
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    Trio of white, the hen on the left just started laying
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    Look at the neck & saddle feathers on the blue rooster. See how pointed they are. At 4 months old, they should be easy to see. Just look at the combs, and check for the hackle & saddle feathers.

    The rooster in the first picture could be mistaken for a hen, if there were no hens to compare him to, except for the saddle feathers coming in. You can't see them in the picture, but you could in person...err..in chicken!


    I hope this helps.
    Jean
     
  7. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good deal, anything else i should know? i am excited bout getting new additions.
     
  8. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    also which should i pick, cochin, buff orp, black sex link or australop roo?
     
  9. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See which one looks the coolest when you get there:lol: Also approach them and see what their temperment is.
     
  10. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I don't think anyone mentioned that you should look at the health of the birds. Make sure they have nice, shiney feathers. Clear eyes and nostrils. Check for lice and mites if you can. And remember to quarintine the new birds for a month before mixing them in with your established flock.

    Good luck!
     

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