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Sexing Cornish-Cross Chicks.........

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lotzahenz, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    At what point can you tell male from female cornish cross chicks? Can someone fill me in, I want to pick up mostly males if possible. Thanks so much, HenZ

  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I'm not sure when myself, but I think its pretty early - why roos? the hens will taste the same.
  3. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    The roos grow faster and make the best roasters. The hens are good too, but they are better at an early age as Cornish Hens. They grow out smaller. This is the one breed they sell roos for more than hens. Poor things, neither has a very long life. I put 14 of them under one broody hen, she is in heaven. In two weeks she will be overwhelmed, but at least I have satisfied her mother instinct. I think an ideal set up would be about 4 broody hens in one cage that get along and let them all raise about 25 of these babies.
  4. chickened

    chickened Crowing

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    Most places will not let you sort out the roosters if sold strait run unless it is a farm store and you are getting only a few (don't recommend buying meat birds from a store) they cannot be feather sexed reliably only vent sexed and I don't know why but I seem to get more roos every time I buy them like 2 to 1.
  5. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I picked the chicks with the longest wing feathers, was mostly females. So the next batch, I picked the ones with the shortest wing feathers, and it is a few more males than females. The females are best as the cornish game hens, the males make a good sunday dinner. They always let me choose which ones I want, it's a guess for me anyway. But, the females feather out faster in some breeds. HenZ

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