10 weeks old, I think I have a roo

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Murs, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Murs

    Murs Out Of The Brooder

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    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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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks pullet to me. My hatchery RIR had black in their tails, one more than the other so made it easy to tell them apart :) They're laying, the other two are hatchery EEs

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    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. Murs

    Murs Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  8. Murs

    Murs Out Of The Brooder

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    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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