13/14 Week Old "Pullets" Crowing - Pullets or Cockerels?

SpazzDaUni

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Apr 27, 2021
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I have 3 standard size "pullets" that I got from the chipmunk colored only "Assorted Pullet" bin at TSC. They're 13 to 14 weeks old. I was aware that it was still possible that cockerels could be in the mix. Which is good, because I woke up to the lovely sound of my rooster crowing, and then one of these 3 pathetically trying to crowing back. And everyday after, one (or more) of these 3 tries crows for about 30 minutes each morning. I want to identify the cockerel(s) quickly, as they're standard and the rest of my flock is bantam size. I don't need a hormonal cockerel hurting my OEGB pullets.

So who is the cockerel(s)? My bet is on #1 cause those hind feathers look more curled. Thanks for the help, and please excuse my dirty run. 😅
 

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I have 3 standard size "pullets" that I got from the chipmunk colored only "Assorted Pullet" bin at TSC. They're 13 to 14 weeks old. I was aware that it was still possible that cockerels could be in the mix. Which is good, because I woke up to the lovely sound of my rooster crowing, and then one of these 3 pathetically trying to crowing back. And everyday after, one (or more) of these 3 tries crows for about 30 minutes each morning. I want to identify the cockerel(s) quickly, as they're standard and the rest of my flock is bantam size. I don't need a hormonal cockerel hurting my OEGB pullets.

So who is the cockerel(s)? My bet is on #1 cause those hind feathers look more curled. Thanks for the help, and please excuse my dirty run. 😅
They actually all look like pullets to me. Could it have been one of your OEGB pullets or did you watch one of them crow?
 

SpazzDaUni

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Apr 27, 2021
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They actually all look like pullets to me. Could it have been one of your OEGB pullets or did you watch one of them crow?
Didn't see anyone as it was about 4:30am at the time, because my rooster legitimately hates me and sleeping. But all of my 4 OEGB batam pullets and my one 1 EE bantam are all laying (I get consistently about 5 eggs a day, 4 cream and one blue), so unless one of the girls is trying out crowing at my rooster cause he woke her up...I'm at a loss. 😅 That's why I thought it was one of these 3, because when I went outside the crowing was definitely coming from my chicken area. Hmm.
 

NatJ

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Didn't see anyone as it was about 4:30am at the time, because my rooster legitimately hates me and sleeping. But all of my 4 OEGB batam pullets and my one 1 EE bantam are all laying (I get consistently about 5 eggs a day, 4 cream and one blue), so unless one of the girls is trying out crowing at my rooster cause he woke her up...I'm at a loss. 😅 That's why I thought it was one of these 3, because when I went outside the crowing was definitely coming from my chicken area. Hmm.

Maybe you could put one in a dog crate or something for the night, and bring into the house (or garage, or just the other side of the house.) That way the crowing either comes from the one in a different place, or from the main chicken area, which narrows the options. You could check one each day until you've got it figured out.

Or of course you could set an alarm for 4 am, and be out there to watch on one morning. (But I certainly know the disadvantages of that idea!)
 

SpazzDaUni

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Apr 27, 2021
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The only way to know for sure is spend the day with them and watch and listen.
So far, I spend about 3 hours a day with them, and they're also right outside my bedroom window. Whoever is crowing only does so at 4 to 5 am. These 3 during the day are bottom of the hierarchy, very quiet, and very shy. So far no behavior indicating cockerel. I'll just have to keep a closer eye, and wait to see. :)
Maybe you could put one in a dog crate or something for the night, and bring into the house (or garage, or just the other side of the house.) That way the crowing either comes from the one in a different place, or from the main chicken area, which narrows the options. You could check one each day until you've got it figured out.

Or of course you could set an alarm for 4 am, and be out there to watch on one morning. (But I certainly know the disadvantages of that idea!)
If I can catch them, I can try that. They're super shy, and despite a lot of love/attention/handling none of my flock are people friendly.

I honestly will probably just wake up and see if I can catch the imposter in the act. If they're going to wake me up before the sun, I might as well just get out of bed. 😂
 

SpazzDaUni

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Apr 27, 2021
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Caught and separated...and whoever it was stopped crowing. Put them back...crowing restarted. 🤣 I think they're tormenting me. Went out early, and instead they all stopped and stared at me. 😩😅 New conclusion, they are trying to drive me insane.
 

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