Cockerel?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ted Brown, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. I have eight of these little monsters, 7 weeks old and about half with reddish larger combs, waddles.

    This is the first born (at 18 days, always the largest). We first thought male then switched to guessing female; I now believe it to be male?

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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    With that much size and red at 7 weeks, I'd be leaning towards cockerel too.
     
  3. featheredplanets

    featheredplanets Crowing

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    Cockerel for sure
     
  4. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    Cockerel, and he is lovely!
     
  5. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    X3... Cockerel!
     
  6. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Crossing the Road

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    Very handsome cockerel for certain!
     
  7. Thank you!

    It is odd, I also have seven ISA Brown pullets that I think are good looking birds - reds with lovely varied markings (one has a gold chest each feather of which is rimmed in white) so initially thought my black mixed breed 7 week olds were "plain". As they mature and with markings beginning to show I am not so sure.

    This one "Fausto" is fathered by "Mario" a very dominant and pure black bird that unfortunately defended his flock against an owl once too often (not mine).

    I have three or four males in the eight, will keep one. I am biased toward Fausto, of course, but what should I be looking for in making that decision?
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2019
  8. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    For me, when it comes to cockerels/roosters it's all about personality. I want a nice guy who looks after his girls and doesn't tear them up. He has to be people friendly as well.
     
  9. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Crowing

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    He appears to be mostly Australorp and they make really good roosters. I've had a lot of them over the years. They are usually good with the hens and respectful of me. His personality when the hormones hit at 3 to 4 months is what determines who I will keep. Any aggression from any cockerel will mean freezer camp. :th
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Very hard to make that choice...behaviors can change as they mature,
    and the other males have an affect on all their behaviors.
    Just pick one and go for it.
     

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