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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:54 pm 
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Hi everyone:-) just wanting to know what age roosters stop gaining weight? I have a beautiful boy that is 17 weeks old and I want to show him yet at the moment he is largely undersized as per show standard guidelines.:-)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:01 pm 
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He is still a baby, by around 7months he should be at the lower end of the range for cockerels


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:09 pm 
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Thank you for your quick response. He is weighing in at 1.4kgs but needs to reach at least 2.7kgs so fingers crossed:-) any ideas what I can feed him to help him along?:-)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:50 pm 
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What breed?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:11 am 
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Polish.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:41 pm 
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Hi , As stated he still has a bit of growing to do . I find that with some of the large HEAVY breeds ( Croads etc ) they keep growing in size up to and after 12 months even .
He has a bit to go but are you sure there is no bantam Polish input there ? (upper for bantam is only just under the kilo mark )


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:52 pm 
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Many Polish are a bit undersized so it is possible that he may not make the mark. Just keep feeding him well - no real need to do anything special and lets hope he grows through this teenage phase.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:56 pm 
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Hi, no quite certain there's no bantam input. However his parents were standard size but at the lower end of the range.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:24 pm 
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I find that my birds are still filling out in their second year.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:25 am 
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i always find the older a ckl is the better in a show for size and weight, that is why the early hatched ones do so well (indians and pekins). bantams and small breeds can reach maturity earlier and it is a toss up between feather quality and maturity. my pekin roosters can be double the size in the second and third years compared to the first year. a 7 month old large indian is still a pup where as a bantam is looking ok.

i would show your bird when you are ready, good experience for you and the bird.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:33 am 
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Our Wyandottes are around 10-12 months before they are finished size, they grow to height by about 5-6 months and then spend the rest of that time bulking up.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:58 pm 
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It varies between breeds but as a (very) general rule you might show pullets from 6 months on and cockerels from 9 months on. Although you can show a very young bird it would be frowned upon and will be overlooked by a judge in favour of mature birds.

Cockerels almost always take longer to look and be mature than pullets.

When I had Langshan bantams they matured earlier and more completely younger. The large fowl I now have; it may take a male 2 years to completely fill out, or at least until after the first molt, depending on when they were bred. Males usually take longer for their full adult feathering to come through.

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