Are these cockerels?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by velos, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. velos

    velos New Egg

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    The white one does some kind of crow like sound every morning and they have some stand offs.
    Both are 14 weeks old. One Rhode Island White and one Buff Orpington
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  2. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    thinking both roosters...
     
  3. NewHen

    NewHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the BO is a male. My BO was supposed sexed from mpc and here she is at around 3.5 months with a very small comb... (I'm no expert though and I keep changing my mind about the genders of my younger chickens).

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  4. abqferreira

    abqferreira Out Of The Brooder

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    These are our first chickens, so I'm really curious about what you're seeing that makes you think roos. The RIW was the dominant one of the younger group we just moved in with 5 older pullets. He has started making this odd sound every morning, and I've been worried about how big he is and how red his comb is for such a young bird. Then I started noticing that he was pecking at the back of the neck of the 2 Banties who are the only ones who are laying, and I wondered if that was a pre-mating behavior. The BO has a redder & better developed comb than the other BO, and he has those soft curly tail feathers whereas the other BO has straight longer tail feathers. The two birds in question are also having stand-offs where they lock eyes, lower and raise their heads in unison, then raise up like they're going to fight.

    Am I on the right track here? Are these all roo signs? Are there other signs you are also seeing? I'd hate to give them away if there's any chance they're going to be hens, but I have my doubts at this point!

    Thanks!

    Julie
     
  5. abqferreira

    abqferreira Out Of The Brooder

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    NewHen, that's much more like the comb on our other BO, which is why I have my suspicions!
     
  6. NewHen

    NewHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My younger BCMs are having that same roo behavior but someone who has more history here says hens do that too. And the only female BCM I have, does do that, just not as much.

    My BO, though, does have a straight tail very much like my female sex link.
     
  7. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Velos, I think both are boys.

    Newhen, I think that is a girl.
     
  8. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
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    I say roos because

    1. Leg size.
    2. Comb size, especially the Rhode Island White.
    3. The BO has sickle tail feathers indicative of a roo.
     
  9. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I think that they are roos also.
     
  10. abqferreira

    abqferreira Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, sounds like there is little doubt here that we have 2 boys. Off to find them more rural pastures!

    Thanks for the input!

    Julie
     

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