6 weeks - do I have a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nihil, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. nihil

    nihil In the Brooder

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    We got our flock from a feed store on 7/10 and everything has been progressing nicely.

    We have 2 welsummers, 2 barred rocks & 2 rhode island reds.

    One of the RIR has already developed a pronounced comb and under beak flaps so I'm afraid its a rooster (and not long for the flock, unfortunately).

    Any thoughts?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    Not necessarily. Comb and waddle sizes will vary a fair amount in these. I'd give it a few more weeks.
     
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  3. nihil

    nihil In the Brooder

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    Thx - I'll keep my fingers crossed

    BTW, sorry for posting in the wrong forum.
     
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    I agree. While that bird looks like a roo to me I'd give it some time to be sure.
     
  5. Sorry. It wise to say what the previous posters stated, as such is normally the case. But since I see these everyday, as we breed Reds, that is indeed a cockerel. Hatchery quality, production type. Nice lookin' little guy.

    The "under beak flaps'? Those are wattles. [​IMG]
     
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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I'm with Fred, that's all boy.
     
  7. nihil

    nihil In the Brooder

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    Well that's a bummer. Wasn't looking for a roo as we're pretty close to our neighbors and would like to avoid noise complaints.

    Thanks for the terminology lesson :)
     
  8. You're welcome.

    Actually, under beak flaps is better than waddles, such as see here often enough. [​IMG]
     
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  9. nihil

    nihil In the Brooder

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    Are RIR roo's traditionally loud?

    If this is a roo, I'm faced with two choices: 1) rehome him (as I'm not too interested in butchering him) to make room for two Easter Eggers that my wife wants or, 2) stick it out an see if he's all that loud/aggressive.
     
  10. Not too sure what roo is, but all large roosters are loud. That is their purpose in nature. If you've not spent a lot of time around mature cock birds crowing, you'd likely be amazed just how loud they are. LOL The sound can travel a half mile.
     
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