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Old 24-06-2011, 07:49 PM
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i have been given some chickens today they are ment to be 12 week old perkins

i have been told that i have two cocks and a poss another cock and a couple of hens

is there any way i can tell for my self as not sure if been given all males they seem really happy together but want to check

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Old 24-06-2011, 08:37 PM
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The crests on their heads are usually a good give away. The males crests should be bigger than the females. Its been a little while since I had chooks, but think you should be able to tell around now or over the next few weeks.

I'm sure one of the more experienced chicken people will be along shortly : )
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Old 24-06-2011, 09:08 PM
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Easiest way is to get some pics up. At that age the cocks should be more developed than the hens.
I hope you've thought about what you're going to do with the cocks. They aren't as easy to rehome as you think, their crows are very shrill (being a bantam) and Pekin cocks will probably fight being the peppery little birds they are.
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you`ll be ok for a while with more than one male as they`ve been bought up togetrher,
WW3 might break out in spring when its breeding season.

post some pictures up, at 12 weeks old it should be very obvious what sexes you`ve got, thats if they are pekins.
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Old 25-06-2011, 11:58 AM
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are they perkins or someting else???
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Old 25-06-2011, 01:34 PM
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Pekins, not perkins. And I'd say they do look like pekins or pekin crosses.

I've only ever had pekin hens so I'm probably completely wrong on this but I'd say first and last possibly hens. The rest do look like cockerels to me.

Sorry to say I can't see any way you'll be able to keep them all together once they mature. Can I ask where you got them and why you ended up with all those cocks?
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Old 25-06-2011, 02:01 PM
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Was given they because the guys dog thought they where dinner
But Was told they where two cock rest hens but having 2 wasnt A prob as was going to splitany way but this could be a prob lol two many cocks
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Old 25-06-2011, 02:11 PM
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Well hopefully I'm way out. The reason I guessed that was purely from the size of the combs really. A rubbish picture but here's my adult lavender pekin hen. Very small comb.



On the plus side, pekins make great pets. They can tame down really well and have great characters!
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Old 27-06-2011, 11:33 AM
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does everyone else think the same vonnie and what age do th start laying

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