4 Chicks - 2 Roos 2 Hens?!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jackiehershfeld, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. jackiehershfeld

    jackiehershfeld Out Of The Brooder

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    Three weeks ago I got four chicks at the hardware store, and they were supposedly sexed, and approximately 4-6 weeks old. Now that the chicks are about 7-9 weeks, I think I have two roos, two hens. The two that I think are roos have longer combs, that are distinctly red, and the one is very aggressive - ie. kicking at the other chick I think is the other roo. . . What to do!?
     
  2. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you have roos but pics would help greatly.
     
  3. jackiehershfeld

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    These are my "fellas" - also if anyone knows what breed these are that would be a HUGE help to. I have three of the orange/brown and one of the black and white.
     
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  4. Studio2770

    Studio2770 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look like boys to me! The blackish one looks like a barred rock or cuckoo maran, closer to maran in my opinion. The other, I'm not sure. I am not good at naming breeds so maybe someone can help you with that. [​IMG]
     
  5. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have a Barred Rock cockerel, a New Hampshire cockerel, a New Hampshire pullet in the back and the other one is a NH also but I can't see the comb to tell gender . It is very improbable that a Cuckoo Marans could be found at a feed store, also Marans have white skin and I can clearly see that the little guy has yellow feet with the typical BR wash.
     
  6. jackiehershfeld

    jackiehershfeld Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much! The two are definitely New Hampshire pullets. Im just bummed about the Barred Rock being a cockerel as well as one of the New Hampshires. Oh well, I guess I will be finding one of them a new home :(
     
  7. donrae

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    How old are the birds in the pic? If they're supposed to be 7-9 weeks at that time, I'm not so sure you have males. the barred is most suspicious, but for that age I'd expect to see a lot more comb.

    I think your problem with aggression is they're way, way overcrowded in that tub. they're fully feathered and ready to move outside, and they need more space.
     
  8. Studio2770

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    I can't quote replies on mobile for some reason. If a chicken has pink in its comb I'd say it's a male because that's WAY too early for a girl, even an early maturing female. I agree with donrae, if that's where they stay, that's way too small. Hopefully you have a coop or at least a larger pen ready?
     
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  9. jackiehershfeld

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    Thank you all SO much - this is super helpful. We actually just purchased a coop, so they will be moving outside here shortly. I was worried about the weather being too cold for them - I guess I was just waiting for more feathers to come in, but I guess they will be fine. . . it does get to below 32 at night now. Good to know about the possibility of the barred not be a cockerel. They are supposed to be 7-9 weeks old.
     
  10. donrae

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    They don't look quite that old to me, at that age they should be completely feathered out with no down left. I think they're slow to feather cause they're too warm. Go ahead and move them outside, maybe give them the lamp at night for a few nights, but not during the day. They're fine to be out even in sub-freezing weather, and they'll really appreciate the space.
     

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