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Rhode Island Red Rooster?

post #1 of 18
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Hi there,

I work at the Rotary Nature Center within the Parks and Recreation department in Oakland, CA. We're right on America's first wildlife refuge at Lake Merritt and someone dumped a chicken by the lake earlier this week that we picked up to get rehomed.

We believe it may be a Rhode Island Red rooster - pretty sure it was crowing! But, since it looks fairly inbetween when looking at Rhody photos of both male and female online of similar size/age, we'd love to make sure. We don't know how old it is, so if someone can figure that out that'd be great! smile It's pretty friendly and doesn't mind being pet too much.

We think the previous owner trimmed down the tail feathers, as they seem to have been disturbed.

These were photos from my cellphone and I could take better ones tomorrow, if you need. Just don't have my camera on me.

We'd love confirmation on breed, gender and approx. age - it'll be easier to get it rehomed if we know as much as we possibly can.

http://i.imgur.com/iak2v.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/aBOjg.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/pflDU.jpg

post #2 of 18

looks like a young roo, maybe 6-9 months but the only way to know for sure is to hear it crow.  Id say RIR is right on track. If it is a roo the tail feathers will grow back.  If it was in the wild maybe it lost them to a close call with a predator but if its young it may not have grown in yet.

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post #3 of 18

Rooster Haiku:

Rhode Island Roosters
Ugly aggressive and mean
He'll make tasty soup

post #4 of 18

TT! :

Rooster Haiku:

Rhode Island Roosters
Ugly aggressive and mean
He'll make tasty soup


you have a very mean attitude. it's not the roosters fault it was born male. how would you like it if you had a kid and thenn someone was like "it's a boy, so i'm going to make soup out of it" ? you know?

post #5 of 18

mother o' chicks72 :

TT! :

Rooster Haiku:

Rhode Island Roosters
Ugly aggressive and mean
He'll make tasty soup


you have a very mean attitude. it's not the roosters fault it was born male. how would you like it if you had a kid and thenn someone was like "it's a boy, so i'm going to make soup out of it" ? you know?


Actually the proper thing to say is, not all Rhode Island Red males are mean. And certainly not all roosters in general are. wink

Hatchery bred Rhode Island Red roosters in general, yes, can be mean because they're bred solely for the female's production of eggs. . .


The shown rooster looks more like a New Hampshire to me, but, both these days from hatcheries look quite a like.

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post #6 of 18

The Proper Thing Haiku

Not all males are mean
Just some big stupid roosters
Those ones should be soup

And

That rooster looks nice
He looks cute with no tail
I hope you're happy


Edited by squeakyballs - 3/25/11 at 2:41pm
post #7 of 18

I'd have guessed New Hampshire, to me he's to pale to be RIR but as Illia said, hatchery stock RIR is a possibility.

I'd go for around 6mo too, old enough to be crowing and dumped after his owners couldn't find him a home.

Good news for him is he's friendly, makes him much easier to he-home. smile

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12 Broodies and counting...

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post #8 of 18

TT!, thank you for the laugh today! And I hope it's okay that I steal your signature line for my FB status - awesome.

As a child, I had a RIR rooster named Cock who was just my big ol' baby, just a love. Still, I enjoyed all the haikus!  smile

post #9 of 18

I would guess around 6 months old or so, and hatchery stock RIR the only problem I see is if he gets some hens and the hormones kick in he might need someone that has dealt with teenage rooster before they can get aggressive not saying he will just could I Know my bantam rooster did but with being carried around and such he has settled down.

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a very loving and patient  husband  4 kids 2 daughter 2 sons 2 granddaughters 6 dogs, 6 cats, 1 ferret,
3 bantams 2 Plymouth barred rock. 2  buffs 1 Red star sex links , 1 black star sex links, 2 Australops, 1 Very sweet bantam rooster. 2 barnyard mix hens                                           
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post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much for the replies!

Quite a few RIR and some New Hampshire votes. I'll research New Hampshire chickens a bit just in case and to check out how it compares to our fella.

TT! - While the first haiku was a bit cruel (but funny), the follow-ups were good smile

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