Leghorn sexing and feeding questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by strikit, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. strikit

    strikit New Egg

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    My leghorn chicks are about three weeks old now and growing like crazy. When will I be able to tell the roos from the pullets? I intend to butcher any extra roos I have, so do I need to feed them any differently than the others? And if I have nultiple roos, how do I choose the keeper?
     
  2. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should start seeing and hearing the signs anytime now. I've had roos start to crow at 3 weeks (doesn't exactly sound like a mature crow). Combs should start looking different on cockerels, too - larger and redder. As far as feeding, you'll probably want to stick with higher protein feed for your "extra" roos so they put on good size. I have Brown Leghorns, and have found that roos can be aggressive - behaviorally, I'd suggest you choose a roo that has good manners with the ladies (not too rough, shows them treats, good protector) and is not people-aggressive. Also select for physical characteristics important to you.
     

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