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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Danyander, Oct 20, 2015.
Buff Orpington 1 month old. I have a feeling it's a roo.
You are correct
Well... What should I do with it?! Wait til it starts to crow then have it for dinner?
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.
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.
The size and color of the comb/wattle help determine if it is a rooster.
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.
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.
well I noticed this today.