Male or Female Roasters?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by LeghornJosh, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. LeghornJosh

    LeghornJosh Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 3, 2009
    Western Wisconsin
    I am getting ready to order up some cornish x chicks for March. I was set on getting all Cockerels. I plan to raise these birds to the 8-10lb dressed weight. Then i was reading in the Welp Hatchery catalog that people order the pullets to raise to 8-10lbs dressed, and will take 12-15 weeks.

    Should i order cokerels or pullets? I thought that the males would make it to 8-10lbs dressed faster than the females.

    Please let me know what you guys have experienced.

  2. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    I used the Welp hatchery feed conversion data and compiled a feed conversion/chick cost/feed cost spreadsheet. Using their data, my math showed that raising males to 7 weeks was the most cost effective way to produce chicken by the pound. The performance of the males outweighed (pun) the additional purchase cost over straight-run over the entire growing period (7-12 weeks).

    As for me personally, I raised a batch of 100 of Welp's cornish crosses last year. I got straight-run and by the time I processed there was a size difference between male and female. It was not alot, but multiplied over 100 birds it would add up.

    I plan to order males for my meaties this year.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010
  3. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    I agree the males give a bit better feed conversion. We usually raise straight-run. But only because we sell them as finished chicken and need a mix of finished sizes from Cornish Hen (about 22 oz) to fryers and roasters at 3 1/2 - 5 lb.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2010
  4. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2008
    Tivoli, NY
    I always get the cockerels when I order our birds. To me, they grown larger quicker. You'll be able to pick out the pullets that were mixed in.
  5. Burbs

    Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2009
    South East Idaho
    This is the conversion chart crperdue was talking about:


    You can see why most people don't keep them past 8 weeks. The feed conversion starts to drop off but the consumption continues to increase.
  6. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    If given the choice, I'd go with males. They do seem to be on the average always bigger. If you wanted a variety of sizes or were selling them straight run would be fine,but if you wanted the biggest roasting birds you can raise get the males. JMHO Will
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2010
  7. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    If you are going to keep to a larger weight like 10#+ cut the protein. I feed mostly corn after 6 weeks.
  8. Burbs

    Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2009
    South East Idaho
    I really didn't answer your question in my previous post. If you want the most bang for your buck I would buy all roosters.
  9. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I ordered straight run from Welp a couple of times and they were both 95 percent pullets in each batch.
    I have since ordered all roosters.
    If your goal is 8-10 lb birds I would not bother with the pullets, if you like the different sizes then do straight run.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2010
  10. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I get straight run, then butcher them all at the same time. I like a variety in sizes. Also, I wouldn't plan on them getting 8-10 pounds dressed weight, at least until you get the hang of it. In addition to the feed conversion being bad, you're going to feel awful finding 12 pound, fully grown birds dead in the pen. They're like little time bombs after 8 weeks. Plenty of people raise them to that age successfully, but I'd start out butchering earlier if it were me.

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