At what point do I stop wondering if we have a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ChickenHawk12, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. ChickenHawk12

    ChickenHawk12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 6 RIRs were 17 weeks old this past Friday, hatched here in an incubator, ordered from a hatchery.

    I have yet to hear anybody crow, and none of them look different than the others. One has a redder, bigger comb than the others, but the 3 BO 2 year old hens we have all have different size/color combs too.

    Statistically, it would be insane that 2 years ago, we bought five 2-day old unsexed BO chicks from a local farm and they all turned out to be hens, and then we order 6 shipped eggs from a hatchery and THEY all turn out to be hens, too, right?

    We have friends that had a RIR rooster a few years ago, and they said they knew long before 17 weeks that he was a roo. So, how long do I keep wondering?

    I don't know if I can depend on number of eggs I get per day, because my BOs have never been great layers. In fact, I'm pretty sure one of them only laid eggs for a few months and then never again. She's always been smaller than the others. And another of the BOs is an ok layer but is incessantly broody. The chicks haven't started laying yet, but I expect them to start in the next few weeks, since they are already 17 weeks old and one of the 3 hens has resumed laying almost daily.

    So.....did I really get TWO batches of 100% females? Or do I keep wondering through the summer.....
     
  2. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you post some pictures the peeps with more experience can help. Sounds like you beat the odds tho

    Good luck

    Gary
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Pics, good clear side views, would help confirm....saddle and hackle feathers would tell the tale.
    But you'd probably have seen mounting behaviors(males chasing females, females screaming bloody murder) by now if you have a male in the flock.
     
  4. ChickenHawk12

    ChickenHawk12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made an attempt as they were out in the yard, but a few of them are skittish and run away when I get too close. I will try again later when they are back in the run.

    There has been some chasing, but no mounting that I've noticed. Hopefully I can get better pics when they are more confined later.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The one pictured is female.

    If they all look like that, you have all girls. Males at this point would usually be pretty apparent. Larger, leggier, darker, glossy, pointy hackle and saddle feathers, larger, redder combs, and being interested in the ladies.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely a pullet.
     
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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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