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Buff Sussex - 7 weeks - Roo or pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HarrisonCreek, Oct 27, 2014.

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  1. HarrisonCreek

    HarrisonCreek Out Of The Brooder

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    This chick is still smaller than his/her hatchmates, but is very outgoing. I'm thinking rooster? He/she has also developed a "cluck" long before the others, who are still peeping. Does that mean anything?
     
  2. HarrisonCreek

    HarrisonCreek Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's the photo:
     
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  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a cockerel to me.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    That's a cockerel.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree. Sorry. :eek:(
     
  6. HarrisonCreek

    HarrisonCreek Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the input. My daughter is sad - she liked this one.
    Is this a wait to be sure or would you take him back at this age? We've had one crowing this morning - not this one.
    Is it true that once one crows the others won't crow, so you're left guessing??
     
  7. Wishapup

    Wishapup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience, that can be true. How old are the chicks? The cockerel in the picture looks pretty young to start crowing. I raised about 20 roosters to 6 months and several started early and continued to be dominant. Others began crowing later, and did it occasionally, avoiding the dominant roosters. The most submissive roosters (about 5 out of 20) never crowed. One of these submissive roosters was sold, so he may have begun crowing in an environment where he was the only rooster.

    I wouldn't wait for the bird in the photo to mature any longer, because it shows several definite cockerel signs: the red, developed comb; the stance (pullets tend to be more horizontally carried); the tail feathers curling downward.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've never had a cockerel crowing inhibit another bird of roughly the same age that I noticed. Older, dominant roosters can keep the young guys quiet in some cases, but age mates usually just crow competitively.
     

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