Please identify for me

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by NewbieChickster, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. NewbieChickster

    NewbieChickster Out Of The Brooder

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    My wife bought 6 straight run Red Rangers. I keep telling her that 5 are roosters and 1 is a hen. Is the second one photographed a hen or is it even a Red Ranger? I have pictured the 6 of them below. They are currently 10 weeks old. How much longer do I wait to have them butchered? I don't have a working scale, so it will be a crap shoot when I take them to the Amish gentleman to have it done.

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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    second one is a hen rest look like roos
     
  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    My red rangers are 10 weeks old as well. Not yet ready for butchering-- I'll give them 2 more weeks.
    The #2 pic is a pullet, the rest are roos.
    Have you considered keeping the pullet? They start laying early @ about 16 weeks and produce lots of double-yolkers!
    Red rangers grow slower than CX's but they don't go down on their legs which is a plus. Next year I am raising only Red Rangers.
    You can butcher any time now-- your choice on how big you want them to get.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yep, one Ranger pullet, the rest cockerels.

    I think Rangers are butchered around 12ish weeks.
     
  5. NewbieChickster

    NewbieChickster Out Of The Brooder

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    Well if the one doesn't stop crowing, he isn't going to make it to 12 weeks.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    And that's fine, too. Lots of folks just butcher as they start to crow or harass the hens. Makes life a lot simpler!
     

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