Ameraucana roosters? Experienced ameraucana owners needed!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PrairieChickens, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so I have had the worst luck trying to get an ameraucana roo. My first roo was killed when he was about 8 weeks old by my dog, then when I ordered two roos to replace him, they both turned out to be females! My husband ordered two MORE roos for me for Christmas, but with my past experience, I'm anxious that they may be girls, too. They're about a month old now, so I welcome your thoughts:

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  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is really funny, I've got to say I've rarely hear anyone complain about not getting cockerels. Kudos to you. But from what they look like now they might be pullets. But I would hold out a little while longer to see, Cockerels at a certain age start to show sharp sickle feathers and a more prominent comb but I've got to say birds with a comb that's not a single are a little more of a challenge to sex.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry, but those two birds are looking like pullets to me, especially the one on the left.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They both look like pullets to me, for now.
     
  5. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, they're looking like pullets to me too, which is why I'm so worried. BLARGH! [​IMG]

    Fingers crossed that they're just late bloomers...
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Have you looked for an older rooster? There are state threads and tons of Ameraucana threads here on byc, I'm sure someone would love to have an unwanted male go to a good home. You can even try something like CL....I would have sworn no one around me raised true Ameraucana, but I put out a wanted ad and got several responses!
     
  7. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've thought about that. I've been a little gun-shy about adopting an adult chicken ever since I brought home a rooster that turned out to be infested with poultry lice. Luckily, I'd had the good sense to put the rooster in quarantine, but it still took months to successfully treat him and left me burned on the idea of adopting adult birds. If these two little babies turn out to be girls, though, I may just have to get over my hangup. The longer I go without a rooster, the more I lose on the investment I've already made. :p
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Well, you now know what to look for when buying an adult bird. Don't get rushed into making a sale, or feel you are obligated to purchase the bird just because the seller caged the bird up and met you somewhere. If the bird looks skeevy, just say no thanks and keep looking.
     

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