Newbie Question -Can you sex a Cornish X

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Fowl_Odor002, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Fowl_Odor002

    Fowl_Odor002 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello

    One of my projects this year involves raising 5 meat birds for Thanksgiving. They are all Cornish Cross.
    But my plans have changed, and I now want to keep one of my meat birds. I would like to keep a rooster and not a hen.

    Since they are scheduled to depart for freezer camp at week 7-8, is it possible to identify male vs. female at such an early age?

    They will be 5 weeks old this weekend. I think I got these strait run, but I am not sure.

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  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CX do not make good pets.
     
  3. jessicayarno

    jessicayarno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cornish X are not made to be kept longer than 8-9wks..
     
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    The roosters will grow bigger than the hens. Other than that, I don't know how you'd sex one 8 weeks old or less.
     
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    The males will be larger.
     
  6. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The males will have a redder comb, they will challenge each other, it's pretty obvious. Mine are only a few weeks old and I can already pick out several roosters. I think that due to their rapid growth they also sexually mature faster too. I can guarantee that at 8 weeks you will have no problem identifying a rooster.
     
  7. TrinityFarms

    TrinityFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree, you can tell the roosters apart at 8 weeks or even earlier by their dark red combs and larger wattles. If you're going to keep one you better put it on a restricted feed diet though! I've read a few accounts of people managing to keep some over the winter, but if you feed them too much they won't last long.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Mine were quite obvious at six-seven weeks. Larger, redder comb, thicker legs, larger bird.
     

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