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Can anyone tell me if this is a roo?

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He  (Pat) is 17 weeks old.  Bigger bird, a talker, hasn't crowed but has been crouching for the last couple of weeks.  I am about to rehome him because I thought he is a rooster.  Could I be wrong?

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Looking at the difference in wattle / comb development (compared to the others) it could be a rooster but its difficult for me to tell as the hackle feathers are difficult to pick out, and the photo does not show the saddle feathers. Are its legs thicker than its siblings?

 

Having said all that, if its is crouching when you approach - it means its a hen and wants to be mated. The wattle / comb development may suggest that it is reaching maturity. 

 

If there is not even an attempt at a crow when you let it out of the coop in the morning, this further supports the pullet theory.

 

See what other more experienced members think, but, as i say, if it is crouching when you approach it, its for sure a girl!

 

CT

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I agree.  I got 5 Buff Orpingtons, all purchased from the same place, as day old chicks.  One of them developed red comb and wattle well before the others, and what do you know - she was also the first of the 5 to lay.  And she laid a good 2 weeks ahead of the other BOs.


Although I can't see the hackle and saddle feathers either, her behavior says pullet to me all the way.  I would hold off on rehoming that one - she could very well be providing someone else with the eggs you've been waiting so patiently for.  If she does turn out not to be a "she", the worst that can happen is that you fed a rooster for a couple of extra weeks before you knew for sure!  ;) 

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Is that Pat right out in front in your avatar?

I'm guessing pullet.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #5 of 8

:welcome

 

Pullet.

 

At this age, the larger, reddening comb and the squatting are all signs of impending sexual maturity, and that means EGGS!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #6 of 8

I think pullet. I don't see any pointed  saddle feathers or any other indicative signs that she is a he. 

Three dogs, one rabbit, a ton of fish, and five pullets: one Welsummer/Production Red mix, two Easter Eggers, one Black Sexlink, and a White Old English Game Bantam.
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Three dogs, one rabbit, a ton of fish, and five pullets: one Welsummer/Production Red mix, two Easter Eggers, one Black Sexlink, and a White Old English Game Bantam.
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post #7 of 8

Looks like a pullet to me.

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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post #8 of 8

Pullet approaching point of lay  - be watching for her first eggs very soon.

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