How to sex a young chicken?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by JaceTx, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. JaceTx

    JaceTx Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to eat a few birds (barnyard mixed breeds) that I hatch. The problem is the size and age (3-4 months old) that I want to harvest them I can't tell if they are roosters or hens yet. They look the same. I only want to eat the roosters. How does everyone else sex their birds?
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    At that age you should be able to tell. The boys will start to get their saddle feathers in and should also have bigger/redder combs. If you post some pics I'm sure we can help out. [​IMG]
     
  3. JaceTx

    JaceTx Out Of The Brooder

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    Am I correct on the proper age to slaughter them? 3-4 months? I have barred rocks and production reds and a few EE's.

    Again thanks for the help. I love this place.
     
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  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    They'll be good for small fryers at that age. The meat chickens that you can buy can be processed at 8 weeks, but the "normal" chickens aren't big enough at that age. You'll probably only get 1/2 the meat from the chickens you're talking about at 4 months of age as you would on the meat chickens at 8 weeks, but since you're hatching them anyways you may as well use them! You may have to slow cook the ones that are 4 months old as they start to get a little tough at that age. As long as you know not to expect chickens w/ a lot of breast meat like you see at the store then it should be a pleasant experience.
     
  5. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ive never eaten a chicken under a year old that was tough or any where near tough
     

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