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CONFUSED? I GOT A ROO!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jkraiderfan, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. jkraiderfan

    jkraiderfan Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought three chicks at the local feed store on 4/20/07. Two black sex links and one California white (ideal 236). I'm almost sure one of the links is a ROO! I know its still early but the tail feathers,colors,and size compared to the other two make me think the one in question is a roo. My landlord and neighbors would not like the sound of a crowing rooster every morning and or night, they have said as much.(everyone around here thought you needed a roo to get eggs when I got my first batch 2 years ago). Anyway the question is: is it humane or even possible to get a roo's voice box removed? Or does a castrated roo not make as much noise? This is first time this has happened to me. I can get a pic to confirm tomorrow (battery dead). I just really like this little bird and would hate to get rid of it. And I'm not sure if its right to do that just to keep the little guy around. Please help!!!!!
     
  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Even though you are a Raider fan, I'll answer your post. Don't panic yet...if they are truly black sex links, you shouldn't have a roo. Some of my pullets looked like cockerels at one stage but then ended up being 100% female.
    I am not sure if caponizing a cockerel will keep him from crowing, but I bet someone on the board should know the answer. Good Luck.

    BTW...How'd that Aaron Brooks work out for you guys...[​IMG]
     
  3. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    I dont think you have a roo as the Black sex link are bred to be born different colored so they can be sexed at hatch. Black sex link female chicks are all black, the males have a white dot on the top of their head. Unless your chick in question has that dot, there is no way it could be a roo, so no need to worry! [​IMG] Here are a couple links to photos so you can ease your mind!

    http://images.google.com/imgres?img...x+link+chickens&gbv=2&svnum=50&hl=en&safe=off

    http://images.google.com/imgres?img...x+link+chickens&gbv=2&svnum=50&hl=en&safe=off
     
  4. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Did a bit of quick research...caponizing the cockerel will stop him from crowing if it is done early in life (before 8 weeks).
     
  5. jkraiderfan

    jkraiderfan Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks all i will post a pic later this afternoon
    btw Aarron who? did raiders play football last year?-[​IMG]
     
  6. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4-H You just helped me figure out which one of mine was the ROO! thanks [​IMG] I asked for one roo.
    The white dot on his head did disapper now (they just turned 4 weeks old) but it was there last week?? He's growing so fast.
     

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