ee roo or pullet

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mama of 4 girls, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. mama of 4 girls

    mama of 4 girls Out Of The Brooder

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    We're newbies and don't know, but this EE looks different from our other EE. Redder beak and crown. Longer tail feathers. Hoping it's a girl as[​IMG][/IMG] we have 4 young daughters who think this is the sweetest of our 8 chicks. We got these chickens as day old chicks on June 16, making them about 10 1/2 weeks.[​IMG]
     
  2. Caheen

    Caheen Out Of The Brooder

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    Roo
     
  3. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Could you get a close up of "her" comb? Right now I think you have a rooster.
     
  4. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is definitely a cockerel because of the size and the sharper sickle feathers
     
  5. mama of 4 girls

    mama of 4 girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh no! Not a roo! The girls say they don't want to give up Mother Hubbard. What do I do? Here's that close up of comb[​IMG]
     
  6. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you in a place where you can't have cockerel's? If not have your girls work with him to see if you can use him for a 4-H project or something
     
  7. mama of 4 girls

    mama of 4 girls Out Of The Brooder

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    No. We live in a rural area but even the slightest hint that we can have eggs for breakfast and chicken for dinner sends them into hysterical tears. They're pretty sensitive about that subject.
     
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  8. mama of 4 girls

    mama of 4 girls Out Of The Brooder

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    My oldest who is eight is crying right now telling me that she doesn't want "her" to be killed. I worry about having a roo around my youngest one who is 2 the other 3.
     
  9. mama of 4 girls

    mama of 4 girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the replies! I guess now we need to figure out what to do with a roo? Do I keep him or try to rehome him? Or have him for dinner (without telling my girls of course =))
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yup, that's a cockerel.

    How many hens do you have? If you have eight or more, you can probably keep him, but if you have fewer, it will be better for the hens to re-home him. Many people keep roosters and they can be the funniest, most interesting member of the flock- I personally enjoy mine. Another benefit is that you can hatch your own eggs if you want to!

    Keep in mind, though, that some roosters can turn out aggressive, which can be dangerous if you have younger kids. Even with enough hens, roosters may sometimes overmate a particular hen and cause feather loss. And, they can be noisy. Just keep these things in mind when decideing whether to keep him or not.

    Re-homing roosters can be hard, unless they are a rare breed, there is great demand for roosters in your area, or they are show-quality. You can try posting on craigslist, or on BYC's Buy-Sell-Trade section: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/67/buy-sell-trade
     
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