Confirm my cockerel suspicions whydontcha?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Hippie Chicken, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. Hippie Chicken

    Hippie Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my Barred Rocks is starting to look and act suspiciously like a cockerel. He's got a bit of a strut going on already at 2 1/2 weeks and seems to have the coloring of a male BR as compared to his seemingly female counterpart. But what do I know, I'm a chicken newbie! So y'all tell me. Is Cecilia really a Cecil?
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    And while we're at it, how about my RIR Gwen? Will we be changing her name too?
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  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They both look like roos to me, but I would give it a few more weeks to be sure.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    First one is a roo
     
  4. mrsp523

    mrsp523 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 2 female BR looked nothing like this one at this age. They had (and still have) much more black to them. Would guess Roo on yours.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Yup.
     
  6. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both look like roos to me.
     
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

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    Roo for the first one definitely (head splotch is large and legs are too yellow)...not sure about the second one.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    If Gwen turns out to be a cockerel, Gawain would be a good rename--in keeping with the Arthurian theme, lol.
     
  9. Hippie Chicken

    Hippie Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks y'all. I had them outside today and their behavior really confirmed my suspicions. Total cock of the walk thing going on with both of them. They're bossy and seem to need to be in charge of everything! That's too bad, because they're half my teensy newbie flock and I can't have roosters in the city. Now the question is, when to give them away and how to replace them. Obviously with at least 4 more chickens right?! And should I get new chicks or look for older ones on Craigslist like I see all the time? Whaddya pros here think?
     
  10. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Please keep in mind that behavior is not a good basis for sexing chicks [​IMG]
     

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