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post #11 of 18
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So our chicken buying experience was probably different than most, I was gone for work and my wife had to have them, (off craigslist) and she went to pick them up, and the guy basically threw them in a Box and said here ya go, she asked if this one was the rooster and he made her feel dumb by exclaiming how this was a hen and blah blah. I'm going to try to get in touch with him and see if I can at least get another hen maybe?
Also, they are free range but they don't really come out of the coop when it gets cold cold. I do like the bachelor pad idea smile.png
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by HomesteadHump View Post

Thank you guys so much it appears unanimous! Well this brings up another question probably for another board but I'll stick with you guys first. This means I have only 5 hens and 2 roosters, this white one does his own thing for the most part, they are all living peacefully together, but the other is definetly dominant. Is it unwise to keep both boys as I do not want to brew a bad situation. We are torn because we actually like both roosters a lot!


You're welcome. With only 5 hens I would definitely advise getting rid of one rooster. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature and their hormones kick in, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens, over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in this regard. I would suggest keeping the rooster with the best temperament and removing the other one.

post #13 of 18
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Thank you all. There are two things I forgot to mention, there are no spurs and we are fairly sure he's 10 months old and have never heard him crow/even attempt to do so. Does this change anything or still a cockerel?
post #14 of 18

Not all roosters develop spurs, and some hens will grow spurs. It's not an indication of gender. It's not uncommon for a low ranking cockerel to not crow. He has very obviously male saddle feathers. Those long, thin, pointed feathers on the back are something only males will grow. 

Judging by his feathering, I'm guessing he's closer to 5 to 6 months old.


Edited by junebuggena - 1/9/16 at 3:47pm
post #15 of 18
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Not all roosters develop spurs, and some hens will grow spurs. It's not an indication of gender. It's not uncommon for a low ranking cockerel to not crow. He has very obviously male saddle feathers. Those long, thin, pointed feathers on the back are something only males will grow. 

Judging by his feathering, I'm guessing he's closer to 5 to 6 months old.


X2 on junebuggena's post. Most cockerels begin crowing from 4-5 months old. However, some of them take considerably longer and on rare occasions it can be nearly a year.

post #16 of 18
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Thank you guys, we were holding onto some hope that we wouldn't have to rid one of them because they are both so good! My wife will be making that decision because I would no doubt keep the wrong one!
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by HomesteadHump View Post

Thank you guys, we were holding onto some hope that we wouldn't have to rid one of them because they are both so good! My wife will be making that decision because I would no doubt keep the wrong one!


You're welcome.

post #18 of 18
He's a cockerel and looks like he could be a Delaware cross.
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