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Do I have roosters?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mstee, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. mstee

    mstee Out Of The Brooder

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    This last batch of chicks has been quite the challenge for me. Three died hours after I got them, and then we found out that they are straight run rather than pullets (like they were supposed to be). They're Bantams- never had those before. [​IMG]
    Not sure what breed. Their combs look big. Do you guys think I have roosters? I don't know what the heck I'm going to do with them if they are. I' don't eat my birds- just keep them for eggs. Not too sold on giving them away to be eaten, since I've raised them. I'm frustrated at this point. Can 3 roosters even live together? Any advice or answers would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    I'll let the gender gurus do that bit of your question, but yes, roos can co-exist together and it seems from what i have read, a more peaceful co-existence when there is no access to the ladies - so a bachelor coop could work for them.

    CT
     
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  3. mstee

    mstee Out Of The Brooder

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    That's great to hear. Thanks! That gives me some peace of mind.
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    You are welcome [​IMG]
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  5. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    This is not confirmation, mind you, but those combs look yellowish and if they were cockerels, the color would be more red-orange, and in another couple weeks, it would be noticeably pinkish red. Are those three all you have? You may have lucked out on the odds. I ordered three pullets (hatchery sexed) and got one roo out of the three.

    Take some close-up head shots, and post them on What Breed or Gender forum. They love to guess gender over there, and are quite good at it.
     
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  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Those look like pullets to me. Males with that sort of coloring usually feather in with solid black on the chest.
     
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  7. mstee

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    Thanks for the replies. I would feel very lucky if they turn out to be pullets. I'll have to take a close up pic when I'm home later and post it. Any guesses on the breed?
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Most likely some variety of Old English Game bantam. They are the most common clean-legged bantam breed.
     

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