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do I have a rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beckysaur, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. beckysaur

    beckysaur Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I got my 3 Buff Orpingtons as chicks in October. They are just over two months old now. I have worried all along that one of them was a rooster, because he/she is much bigger and more aggressive.
    People at the Feed store told me I wouldn't be able to tell for a couple more months/until they tried to crow. Well, the chicken in question just let out two loud squacks while flapping its wings and stretching its neck out. Is this the nail in the coffin? Or should I wait it out?

    Here is a picture of the three chickens (dressed up for Christmas) ... I'll let you guess which one I think is a rooster.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    The one standing would be your roo.
     
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, the one standing is definately a roo
     
  4. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, looks Mr. Striped Ribbon is the fella.
     
  5. namreknat

    namreknat Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 buff orpingtons the same age as yours. Two are males. I ordered them that way because I wanted to try the "rooster exrerience." Your bird on the right looks just like my 2 males. I am also wondering if being a gentle breed; the males will develop into gentle roosters. So far the two males are the most tame of the bunch. I guess time will tell.

    Great picture!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Looks like he's standing guard for his ladies already. [​IMG]
     
  7. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    He's a roo. He has pointy saddle feathers goin' on. Sorry.
     
  8. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, looks like Mr striped ribbon is already guarding his flock! very pretty!
     
  9. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    The hen next to him looks like she is like what the heck is that ribbon doing flapping in my face.

    My guess is a roo, keep him he can fertilize the eggs for the ladies!!!
     
  10. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    He looks just like the buff orp roo I used to have! Mine was so sweet, I still miss him. Couldn't keep him in the city.
     

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