Roo or hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Danyander, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Danyander

    Danyander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff Orpington 1 month old. I have a feeling it's a roo.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    You are correct
     
  3. Danyander

    Danyander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well... What should I do with it?! Wait til it starts to crow then have it for dinner?
     
  4. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you don't feel comfortable killing and eating it, put it up for free on Craigslist or something. There may be someone out there looking for a rooster who would take it off your hands. Although, this isn't a sure way to make sure that it doesn't end up someones dinner.
     
  5. odysseychicken

    odysseychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    May I ask how you are determining that it is a rooster? Is it the lack of tail? Just wondering because I have three Buff Orpingtons and two Black Australorps that are just over three weeks old. I am hoping none of them are roosters.
     
  6. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The size and color of the comb/wattle help determine if it is a rooster.
     
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    12-14 weeks is a good age to make dinner. Cockerels at that age wont be huge but still 3 lbs dressed give or take and still tender enough for grilling. Let it rest after butchering for a few days in fridge before cooking.

    Single comb birds like you have are easy to sex by the comb. Cockerel combs start turning red around 5 weeks and older. Pullet combs wont start turning until point of lay. Point of lay depends on breed, individual bird, etc. From 18 weeks to well over 30; most common is around 24 weeks.
     
  8. Danyander

    Danyander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not against eating it. Part of life, just wanted it to have more of a life. I think I found a home for it. We live in the city limits other wise I would keep it. My friend that has chickens lives outside the city limits and plenty of hens for him to chase around.
     
  9. Danyander

    Danyander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] well I noticed this today.
     

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