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Are these chickens or rooster

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sarahb88, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. sarahb88

    sarahb88 In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2013

    I just got 7 chickens and I think I brought home too many roosters? In the first picture I'm wondering about the black and white one and the red one. I am positive I got one rooster because of his outburst in the morning. Thank you for reading!
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    First, welcome to BYC.

    All chickens are chickens, but they do come in two sexes, like everything else. LOL The males, when small are called cockerels and when they are older are called roosters.

    The females when young are called pullets and when they are older are called hens.

    The photos are not the best, but they're good enough to see that you have 2, perhaps 3 males there. Individual photos, full body shots, of each bird is best, but yes, you've certainly got more than one male in that pen.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013
  3. junecleavage

    junecleavage In the Brooder

    Jul 30, 2013
    south carolina

    You have some nice looking birds. They do not look to be very old. If those are the only 7 you have, you'll probably want to get some more hens if you are going to keep all of them. I had three roosters in my previous flock of 9. Since I raised them together from two days old, they had an established pecking order and got along just fine. I loved them too much to get rid of or eat any of them (it was my first flock of chickens), but my little hens paid the price. In the spring time those boys would be on the poor girls so much they had a hard time keeping feathers.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, sarahb88, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Good luck to you and your flock!
  5. sarahb88

    sarahb88 In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2013
    That's what I thought. That means I have 3 roosters and 5 hens... All of the 7 I just got we're in the same flock. Do u think I will have issues with these guys?
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] You really need photos of the chickens individually especially showing the face so we can see if the comb and wattles (if any) and also a sideview of whole body.

    I can see 4 of them in one picture(one has head cut off) but the other 3 look to be cockerels. One male can take care of 8-10 hens, so 3 males is just too much unless you get several more hens
  8. angel8035

    angel8035 Songster

    Apr 1, 2012
    Applegate, California
    You can separate out the roosters and keep them away from the hens if you want to keep them but don't want your hens to get over mated by them.
  9. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

    Jul 22, 2013
    Welcome to the site! Best of luck with your flock
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!

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