Cockerel... or just a very handsome pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by unfetteredfox, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. unfetteredfox

    unfetteredfox Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm super new to chickens so bear with me and I'll try to provide the info I can: I was given two pullets (we thought) 6 weeks ago. The guy said they were 2-3 months old and from the same clutch of eggs from an Araucana hen and a Rhode Island Red rooster. I'm wondering now if one is a cockerel? S/he is lowest in the pecking order but growing fast. She's very sweet, not very bright, and likes to either hang out with me or the other pullet. Our hen terrifies her but doesn't hurt her. She hardly talks at all at this point. I looked for the beginning of spurs and each leg has a slightly raised lighter spot about an inch up from the ankle. I tried to get a photo but she was not having it. You can kind of notice in in the chicken-butt pic below.

    I wasn't planning on keeping a roo but I'm quite attached to this little nutball. Whaddaya think?

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    Not sure what you can tell from this pic but it cracks me up! Chicken butts are pretty cute.

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    Here she is with her sister. They look quite different!

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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A rooster.
     
  3. unfetteredfox

    unfetteredfox Out Of The Brooder

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    Really? Darn. Thx.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Flowing hackle (neck) feathers; thin, shiny, pointed saddle feathers; and a darker shade of red on his wings/shoulders than the rest of the body are all indicators of a cockerel. Just look at how different the feathers are on the back. Your pullet has broad, rounded back feathers.
     
  5. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No doubt on this one-rooster. I know the disappointment of roosters. I have 4 young Japanese bantams. At first I was happy; three hens and one rooster. Today tells a different story; three roosters and one hen-crap!
     
  6. unfetteredfox

    unfetteredfox Out Of The Brooder

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    Junebuggena - Very helpful, thank you! Not what I want to hear but helpful all the same LOL

    nchls school - oh no! Amazing how quickly they change on you! I think two of our three 'pullets' were actually roo's. Considered ourselves sad but kind of lucky when the other one was snatched by a hawk.
     
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  7. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I agree with the others, He is a very handsome Cockerel.
     
  8. unfetteredfox

    unfetteredfox Out Of The Brooder

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    Guess I better stop calling them "the girls!" Going to give the poor little dude a complex. And thank you, I think he is absolutely gorgeous. What he lacks in brains...
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    good looking cockerel
     
  10. unfetteredfox

    unfetteredfox Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, okay stop rubbing it in LOL!
     

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