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HELP. Males for warmth!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by allardkelly, May 1, 2007.

  1. allardkelly

    allardkelly New Egg

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    Ok, I knew some "chickens for warmth" would be in the box, but now I have 14 extra chickens (outside the 6 I ordered). What does a person do with potentially 14 roosters!!!! Any advice is welcome. I was thinking of calling the AG stores and seeing if they would take them or can one raise them in a separate area for meat (not my original intention).

    Kelly
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2007
  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    I got 15 extra cockerels. I raised them with the pullets. Now they are about 6 weeks old and filling out good. When they get larger, I am going to try and sell them or find someone to slaughter them and maybe give them half of them for doing the dirty deed.

    Andy
     
  3. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    oh man i hope that doesnt happen to me...i contacted the hatchery and BEGGED for no extra males but they said they had already included 5 in my order which was mailed today.

    next q...how to tell the difference as they grow between my girls and the boy chicks.
     
  4. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    are all the extra chicks always males? or are they just random chicks? the hatchery made it seem as if all my extras were males in their emails.
     
  5. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on the breed but....

    Whatch their tailfeather growth and comb/wattle growth/color.

    Pullets tend to feather out fast before the cockerals and the cockerals tend to develop combs/wattles faster and they are more orange or red than their same age pullets.

    But then again...they can fool ya!![​IMG]
     
  6. allardkelly

    allardkelly New Egg

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    The Lady at the hatchery said they are all male and they try to make sure they look different than the ordered chickens (mine look completely different and easy to identify).
     

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