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One of these is not like the others...roo or hen?

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I have three beautiful 3 week old Buff Orpington chicks that I purchased through our local feed store at just a few days old (Parsley, Sage and Rosemary or RoseMARK).  All has been well until I noticed that one of them wasn't losing the baby fluff like the others OR getting the tail feathers like the other two. I didn't think too much of it until I started noticing his/her comb growing with a light pink/red tint. At that point, I started to watch his/her behavior and have noticed:



 



*He/She is much more friendly and curious than the others and will be the first to explore new things. He/she was the first one to jump on me AND up onto my shoulder!



*Tends to almost stand up straight when investigating something while the others don't and really tend follow him/her. He/she will even RUN around the yard, and I mean run fast! I've never seen the others do that.



*Feet and legs look bigger/thicker than the other two.



 



I know you don't really know for sure until they are older, but I need to have a game plan just in case he/she is a roo as I am limited to only three chickens and NO roosters in my community.  



 



What are your thoughts...roo or hen? And, have you had luck finding a new home for a rooster?



 



Thank you for your input! This is my first time raising chicks and I LOVE it so far, just a little disappointed that I may have a little rooster on my hands!



 



-New chicken mama



 



Here is Rosemary who I think is "RoseMARK" at three weeks old:



 





 





 



Rosemary (or RoseMark) is the one in the middle at just a week and a half old - notice his/her lack of feathers on the wings (his secondary wings?) and tail.



 





 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

post #2 of 8
It looks like a rooster! But you never know i have a australorp hen we didn't now what it was until she layed an egg! Still looks and acts like a rooster! smile.png
The wonderful day when i saw her sitting on the nest LOL
post #3 of 8

Too young to tell for sure, but with that stance and everything else you said it is likely that is a cockerel. :(

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, 1 owl, 1 peacock, 2 cats, 3 dogs, 2 guineas, 4 Muscovies, 50+ mutt chickens, lots of tilapia, koi and two cows (one pregnant!)! No more quail.

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Well shoot! I was hoping that it was all in my head!
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Originally Posted by VintageFarmer View Post

Well shoot! I was hoping that it was all in my head!

 

Like I said, it is too young for anything to be sure. There is a chance it is a girl, just more likely it is a boy.

I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, 1 owl, 1 peacock, 2 cats, 3 dogs, 2 guineas, 4 Muscovies, 50+ mutt chickens, lots of tilapia, koi and two cows (one pregnant!)! No more quail.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, 1 owl, 1 peacock, 2 cats, 3 dogs, 2 guineas, 4 Muscovies, 50+ mutt chickens, lots of tilapia, koi and two cows (one pregnant!)! No more quail.

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Originally Posted by TheKindaFarmGal View Post
 

 

Like I said, it is too young for anything to be sure. There is a chance it is a girl, just more likely it is a boy.

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Remember the past. Plan for the future. Live for the present.

Love doesn't stop with death.

 

"Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind."

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post #7 of 8
please don't hate me but, I think it is a cockerel. But, a really adorable one

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