Leghorn sexing and feeding questions

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

  1. strikit

    strikit New Egg

    Sep 20, 2016
    Odessa, Texas
    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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