Do I have a baby Roo??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MelSoCity, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. MelSoCity

    MelSoCity In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    I recently acquired four chicks! I'm very excited to have my first flock. My chicks were sexed, so I'm hoping I have all pullets, but my Rhoad Island Red has me a little nervous. Her behavior stands out among the other chicks (all different breeds). At just two weeks, she is very full of herself. She is not afraid to run right at my hand when I reach in to change feed/water. She also seems to be taking charge of the others; definitely #1 in pecking order. She perches on top of the feeder and walks with a strut, head held high. Does anyone know if this is typical of the Rhoad Island Red breed? Maybe I'm speculating too much, but does this at all sound like I may have a roo on my hands?

    What are other signs I should be looking for? I appreciate your advice!

  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    At two weeks I wouldn't give up hope yet. Many pullets do act bossy. But that's is too many rooster behaviors that chick is showing. A RIR pullet acts much the same as any other breed. My advice is to wait and watch. In a few weeks the rooster traits will show more when they get their feathers.
  3. MelSoCity

    MelSoCity In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    Okay, we are at 7 weeks now. Thoughts? How accurate is sexing? "She" was sexed...

  4. gmyers

    gmyers In the Brooder

    Oct 23, 2012
    [​IMG]This is Laurie or Gus. Can anyone tell me if she/he is a rooster or hen?
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2013
  5. suzannemoore

    suzannemoore Hatching

    Mar 22, 2013
    Morgantown, WV
    I am in the same boat with an 8 week old RIR. Did you ever find out for sure? I am afraid I have two roo's!! What do you do??
  6. mrsc1951

    mrsc1951 Songster

    May 15, 2011
    Largo, Florida
    No sign of spurs or hackle feathers. Sexing is done via a blood test which is pretty much foolproof.
  7. RockerHen

    RockerHen Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Chappells, SC
    Depends on where you got them. Did you buy the sexed chicks from a hatchery/feed store? Hatcheries vent sex, which is not always 100% accurate. That chick is kind of looking a little masculine to me at the moment, a few more weeks of age on it and the true sex should be more obvious.

  8. MelSoCity

    MelSoCity In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    Not yet. I just posted this yesterday. I have been told by many it's still too early to tell. Sexing is supposed to be pretty accurate. I was told 95% probability the sexing is correct - obviously, we'll see. It seems a lot of people with RIR ask the same question, so perhaps it's just the bread. I'm not sure what I'll do, I can only have hens. Does your look like mine? What makes you think you have roos? Although mine has a large comb it's mostly her behavior that has me scared. She's so assertive.
  9. CricketWilliams

    CricketWilliams In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2013
    I think the larger chicken is a roo, and the small grey one a pullet.
  10. jkhenry

    jkhenry Chirping

    Feb 22, 2013
    i have 5 rir chicks 5 weeks old and have the same problem i have 1 chick that im positive its a roo it has a large red comb and waddles already and have 2 more chicks that have large combs but no waddle and their combs are slightly pink my other 2 rir have small yellow combs so im pretty sure they are hens

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