Does this look like a roo to you?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mlheran, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    I have a couple chicks that I'm suspicious about. One is the "top dog" -always the first to see what I'm bringing, usually patrolling the perimeter of the brooder, and often chest-bumping with one other chick.

    Here's suspect #1:
    4-and-a-half week old New Hampshire Red



    I have two NHRs, and this is the other, for comparison:


    Suspect #2:
    4-and-a-half week old Rhode Island Red
    (I have two RIRs as well, but wasn't able to get a decent photo of the other -not that this pic is all that great!)


    Am I paranoid and seeing roos everywhere? Or are my suspicious correct?
    And if one or both are roos, does anyone want one? [​IMG]

    The funny thing is, I bought these from the feed store which stated 90% pullets and I bought two of each breed -what are the chances that I'd end up with 50/50??!
  2. soonerdog

    soonerdog Songster

    I do think the chick in the first two pictures and the last picture are Roo's!
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yep, the RIR and NH you suspect are both roos, IMO. My RIR pullets are 9 weeks old and dont have that much pink in their combs yet.
  4. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    soonerdog, speckledhen - [​IMG] (but thank you for your observations!)

    Lol, oh well! I guess I can take consolation in my roo-spotting abilities! [​IMG]
  5. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    The chances of this is once in every 125 times.

    Go buy a lottery ticket, quick!

  6. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    Quote:[​IMG] Thanks for the odds (and the optimism), MTchick!
  7. suburbanchick

    suburbanchick Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Raleigh NC
    So is it because their combs are spiked? Just curious how you can tell. I'm clueless when it comes to all this.
  8. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    suburban chick -I think it's because the combs and wattles are larger and redder than the other chicks of the same breed and age, that's what tipped me off about these two.

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