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Rooster:

I went to the feed store about a week ago and this rooster, which I'm going to call Olaff, was in a cage looking very lonely. The worker stated the owner dropped it off because she was told it was a rooster, and thus could not keep it in town. I brought it home thinking it was an Easter Egger; now I am not so sure.

Olaff has not crowed since the purchase. My females attacked him from outside of cage he was placed in thinking he might attack my girls. His feathers are a combination of my hens pulling them out and what appear to be molting.  Olaff does have feathering down one side of leg and on one of his toes. When let out for play time, he followed us around constantly, in a sweet way, and loves being held. I slowly put hens with him as they started to become curious instead of mean. Last night he slept in the hen box instead of roosting like the ladies do every night. He looks like a rooster but does not act like one. Now, my ladies are dancing around him, being nice, and following him but he appears not to know why, and it scares him. He then runs to us for safety. He has not tried to mate with any of them. 

Perhaps, he is not a EE and rather a different breed and is not finished growing? The reason I got him is because he is the current EE size I wanted for my girls. I had a prior Rooster but gave it away because it was massive in size compared to my petite ladies.

If you could provide feedback on what breed you think this rooster is, it would help me decide if I should keep him.

 

Ducks:

The ducks are seven weeks old and I am not sure what gender/breed they are. I am guessing they are Swedish ducks. I am not sure about gender. The grey's name is Hakuna and Black ones name is Matata

 

Thanks in advance for responses.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rooster:

I went to the feed store about a week ago and this rooster, which I'm going to call Olaff, was in a cage looking very lonely. The worker stated the owner dropped it off because she was told it was a rooster, and thus could not keep it in town. I brought it home thinking it was an Easter Egger; now I am not so sure.

Olaff has not crowed since the purchase. My females attacked him from outside of cage he was placed in thinking he might attack my girls. His feathers are a combination of my hens pulling them out and what appear to be molting.  Olaff does have feathering down one side of leg and on one of his toes. When let out for play time, he followed us around constantly, in a sweet way, and loves being held. I slowly put hens with him as they started to become curious instead of mean. Last night he slept in the hen box instead of roosting like the ladies do every night. He looks like a rooster but does not act like one. Now, my ladies are dancing around him, being nice, and following him but he appears not to know why, and it scares him. He then runs to us for safety. He has not tried to mate with any of them. 

Perhaps, he is not a EE and rather a different breed and is not finished growing? The reason I got him is because he is the current EE size I wanted for my girls. I had a prior Rooster but gave it away because it was massive in size compared to my petite ladies.

If you could provide feedback on what breed you think this rooster is, it would help me decide if I should keep him.

 

Ducks:

The ducks are seven weeks old and I am not sure what gender/breed they are. I am guessing they are Swedish ducks. I am not sure about gender. The grey's name is Hakuna and Black ones name is Matata

 

Thanks in advance for responses.

 

 

 

 

 

   You have a beautiful rooster.  He looks just like my Easter egger (Ameraucana?) rooster with the exception of the feathers on the legs.  It is possible he came from an olive egger breeding program where marans were used for the dark egg layers and leg feathering is a dominant trait.  All my olive eggers who have marans in them have feathering on the legs and feet.

     He may well not be crowing because he is in a new situation and unsure of himself. Give him time, he probably will although some roosters crow more than others.

    I'm not so up on the ducks.  They could be Swedish ducks.  I can't tell the gender from their tails (yet) unless they are still too young.  At some point a drake's tail will develop a curl in the top feather or two.  They're probably too young yet, but if it doesn't happen they are girls. Pretty ducks.

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Easter Egger Rooster. Ducks are most likely Swedish "blue on left, black on right". To young to sex by the drake feather. After their first molt the drake feather will come in.

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Thank you. I was hoping he was not a young buff brahma.

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