10 weeks old, I think I have a roo

Murs

In the Brooder
8 Years
Oct 23, 2011
98
3
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North SD County
Instead of getting eggs when my hen went broody, I bought day old chicks. The feed store said they were 95% certain the chicks were female. (How can they make that claim at that age?).

I put them under my broody and she has been a wonderful mom.
(By the way, I would never have attempted this if it wasn't for all the great information on this website).

Now they are 10 weeks old and I'm starting to think I may have a roo. Mainly because of its behavior. He/she will run up to the others and puff the neck feathers and stand real tall. Just briefly. I think they're playing. Do females do that?

All four are the same breed, Rhode Island Red. The one I think is a roo has more black coloring in the tail feathers.

Here's a picture of the one I think is a roo

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I think these two in the foreground are hens. Daisy in the background is my oldest, my sweetest and my best layer right now. Unfortunately, all the others are skittish.

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Murs

In the Brooder
8 Years
Oct 23, 2011
98
3
41
North SD County
Yay! Thanks everyone!

I finally have all hens. Oh boy that's a lot of eggs when they all start laying. :D

My first attemp, I had four eggs. All four hatched. One chick was killed right away by another hen. Two of them turned out to be roosters that I got rid of.

2nd time I got six eggs. Only one hatched and luckily she was a hen. That hen went broody and become mom to the four chicks I have now which I purchased when they were a day old.

6 is good. I don't have room for more.
 

Murs

In the Brooder
8 Years
Oct 23, 2011
98
3
41
North SD County
I have four RIR that are 10 weeks and one adult. It's going to be hard to tell them apart until I get to know their personalities. But the black feathers will help.
 

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