10 weeks and thinking two of my three are roos :(

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tabetha, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. tabetha

    tabetha In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2010
    San Diego area

    We bought our 3 chicks from our local feed store, who'd bought them from a hatchery, and said they were sexed. A few days ago, I heard what sounded like crowing, and I swear it was my barred rock... and now looking at my RIR I'm thinking my lucy is a he too [​IMG] I had hoped I'd have all girls, each one picked for their laying ability and personality trends. Also, we had three ducks a few weeks older then the chicks, and they are all kept together. I have a few questons if you think these two, or even one are roos:

    1) Do roos need different food?
    2)Can two roos be kept together?
    3) if they mate with my girl, how is eating and keeping those eggs affected?
    4)What about keeping roos with my ducks? [​IMG] (there have been a few instances of my largest duck (i believe they are all girls) charging at the barred rock and RIR but thats as far as its gone)

    here is my barred rock, Mocho: He has dark red ear lobes as well, and what feels like spur bumps beginnings at the back of his legs

    here is my RIR, Lucy, who also has dark red ear lobes... (she also looks like she has a pox on the back of her/his comb) and lucy also feels like she has spur bumps coming in... so he?

    And just for kicks, here are pictures of my ameraucana, Cleo, and my duckies [​IMG]

    lucy and cleo:

    THank you so much for your help everyone!
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Id say yes you have 2 roos-the EE is ?
  3. tabetha

    tabetha In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2010
    San Diego area
    The EE is ? ... I'm not sure what you mean
  4. boogiedog

    boogiedog Songster

    Apr 19, 2010
    Oakland hills, CA
    I think both are pullets. Both genders can have spur bumps.
  5. tabetha

    tabetha In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2010
    San Diego area
    That would be a relief boogiedog, but I swear Mocho crowed the other day... and the nanny said she heard it this morning... OH man, it really would be a relief though... I don't know anything about roosters LOL except they are pretty, but idk about haviing ducks in with a rooster
  6. katdam

    katdam Chirping

    May 19, 2010
    can't say about the BR but the RIR is a roo
  7. barredrockgrl

    barredrockgrl In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2010
    Going by my own Barred Rock....I'd say roo for yours. I know the feather pattern usually has more white, but that comb seems huge for 10weeks.
  8. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    I'm a newbie, but I have a BR hen and I'd guess yours is a roo. The RIR may be a pullet, and the "Ameraucana" is an EE, an Easter Egger, as it doesn't quite fit the requirements for a true Ameraucana (but has Ameraucana in it). Most "Ameraucana" from feed stores are EE's (I have one too - she's so cute!) They are very hard to sex, and I just had to give away two EE roos last week after debating all week on here, then having a more experienced person sex one for me at a chicken swap. Your EE is lovely, and if it is a she she will probably lay green eggs (Am's lay blue ones), as she does have a nice beard and slate colored legs (can't see the comb very well - a pea comb also indicates a higher likelyhood of laying blue/green eggs). I just got two new EE's to replace the roo's, hopefully with better luck this time! Post a closer pic of the face / comb area if you can.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2010
  9. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Songster

    Jul 3, 2009
    We have 2 barred rock pulletts that are 11 weeks old and they don't have a comb really at all. Just very small and still yellowish. I would say both of yours are boys. Roos do not need different food at this age. I THINK they can eat layer pellets just fine but check on that! Usually 2 roos and 1 hen will not work out but maybe if one is very submissive it might work. If you decide to try make sure the hen is not overbred. There is no difference in taste or any other difference between a fertilized and unfertilized egg. Just make sure you collect eggs daily. [​IMG] Your ducks are pretty, I don't know about keeping ducks with chickens.
  10. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    yep I think your BR is pretty sure a cockerel. My 12 week old BR pullet looks like this:


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