Can she be a he? A Roo vs. Pullet Question!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by twincreekfarm, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 12 pullets (6 Araucana and 6 RIR) and a RIR Roo. However, when i went to the coop to wake them up, I heard a crow (they're all almost 13 weeks), as i went to praise the Roo . . .an Araucana pullet crowed! I was shocked. She is the most dominant of our Arucanas and she has the most pronounced comb of all the Araucanas, could the hatchery made a mistake? Is she really a he? She is a bit aggressive, not really mean but pecks at the others from time to time and she and the Roo have butted chests. I know I have read on here that pullets will crow from time to time. I'll post her picture . . .can anyone telll me for sure?

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    Her(his?) isn't that prom in this pic, but its really red and bigger than all the others, in fact the others haven't even started growing yet.
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    It does look like a young pullet...Hens can and do crow...
     
  3. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens do crow, but that usually only happens when a rooster isn't around; one hen takes the rooster's role within the flock. Still, for 13 weeks, that's an awfully large comb for a pea comb. My Ameraucana girls' combs aren't that large at almost 20 weeks. Hatcheries sometimes do make mistakes, but it's fairly rare.

    Very interesting problem you posed us, Twincreek!

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  4. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't think this bird has roo coloring. I think it's a she.
     
  5. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I know that hatcheries do make mistakes - I ordered 5 Black Dutch pullets and of the 5 I got 4 roo's. so I know it happens sometimes.I am no expert on the question of he v she, hope someone here can help you.
     
  6. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What shape are the hackle feathers? They're so dark, I can't tell if they're round or pointy.
     
  7. HenHaven

    HenHaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Based on the facts you gave, it looks like the hatchery may have made a mistake. If this one stands out in appearance, with a larger redder comb than the other 5, has sparred with the head roo, and has CROWED, I would think you may just have yourself a ROO!

    It is not easy to sex pea-combed birds. When I hatched Ameraucanas, I used the "bigger, redder, comb" criteria to sort mine. Some were obvious early on, but others were 12 weeks old before I could venture an educated guess.

    My first "girls" were 7 feedstore chicks. I got one roo out of 7 "pullets"--so I know firsthand that it is not all that uncommon! [​IMG]
     
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree with Lynn. I think you have a boy there. It doesn't look all that female to me. The comb is too thick and red for 13 weeks. The red in the wing bars are a sign of roo. And if I had a better picture of that bird standing up, I'm sure I could point out other features.

    I also agree that hens can crow (in the absence of a rooster), but I don't think that is the case you have here.

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  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm still a newbie (got my 7 chicks on 5/02), but I can definitely attest that hatcheries can and do make mistakes! I paid for...in the "fine print," it stated a 93% chance of them all being pullets. My husband says Murphy lives with us, and I think he's right - we got a roo and 6 pullets.
     
  10. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :DWe have a roo, a big one. He is a RIR roo though. This bird seems to be the same size as all the other pullets . . .just the comb is different. I'll see if I am able to post some other pics of them. She/he crows in the morning and does do the bok bok thing too at times. Our Roo just doesn't seem to know he is a boy yet!! They all are doing the thing where they pluck feathers from each other, like the soft under ones and eating them . . .whats that about? Thanks to everyone who responded to my post . . .I appreciate hearing what you all have to say.

    [​IMG] The Roo (The Colonel)

    [​IMG] Some of the girls

    [​IMG] Turkey standing - sorta
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2007

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