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is this a hen???

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by RGreenfamily, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. RGreenfamily

    RGreenfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    We ordered all male cornish rocs but we have a couple that look like this. The rest are all big red combs and waddles. They are 8 weeks old and i wouldn't mind trying to keep a hen. Whatcha think? Is this a SHE?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    That red at 8 weeks is not a pullet.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Additionally, in order to have hope of keeping them beyond the processing age would have required starting modified feeding practices well before this age/size.
     
  4. RGreenfamily

    RGreenfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    even though the rest of them look like this?
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You can get a huge variety in comb and wattle development in male chicks. Pullets too for that matter. Some just mature a lot earlier than others in size, behaviors and appearance. Yes, even though the others look like that, I agree that is a male. It’s not just the color of the comb and wattles but the size of both, especially the wattles. At 8 weeks a pullet just won’t look like that.
     
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  6. RGreenfamily

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    Thank you so much! It looks like all of them will have a very bad day on Saturday!
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Regardless of gender, Cornish Rocks are not a long-lived breed. They are bred for rapid growth, and both males and females are ready for processing at 8 to 10 weeks. It's rare for a pullet to live long enough to produce eggs.
     

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