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How to sex chickens
Although everybody can tell a
hen from a rooster when they're fully grown, it can be difficult to
disentangle your cockerels (male) from your pullets (female) if you're
raising straight run (un-sexed) chicks. Assuming that you only
have space in your flock for one rooster, the sooner you identify the
other males, the better. Broilers (up to about two months old)
are the tenderest and tastiest, roasters (3 to 5 months old) are good
but need to be cooked slowly, and any chicken older than five months is
very tough unless you stew it down or grind it into sausage. Even
if you can't handle the thought of killing and eating your own
chickens, it will be much easier to find roosters a home while they are
still in the broiler or roaster stage than if you wait until the fall
when they're old and tough.
Keep your flock healthy and happy with a homemade chicken waterer.
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