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Ethel or Ernest?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickinsaw, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. chickinsaw

    chickinsaw Out Of The Brooder

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    Hubs and I are still up in the air on whether we have an Erhel or Ernest? About four months old and have yet to hear a crow. Any educated guesses would be wonderful![​IMG]
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    No guesses, rooster 100%
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    No guessing about it - that is an Ernest.
     
  4. chickinsaw

    chickinsaw Out Of The Brooder

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    I've said Ernest too. I think it's odd that he isn't crowing though.
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Are there other roosters in your flock?
     
  6. chickinsaw

    chickinsaw Out Of The Brooder

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    We had one other but he was re-homed two weeks ago.
    We are brand new to the chicken adventure so are learning as we go.
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    The presence of the other male may have been part of the delay in him finding his crow - often a subordinate male will not "announce" himself as doing so would invite attention from the dominant male. In addition to that, just as with human children, they mature at different rates and it is possible that your Ernest is just a bit of a late bloomer in the voice department.
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

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    The dark red patchiness over the wing area is a typical male pattern - and if you look you can see that your boy is developing the long, flowing, pointy saddle feathers characteristic of a male - the "Fabio feathers" if you will.
     
  9. chickinsaw

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    : ) Thanks for the info. Much appreciated!
     
  10. Michael OShay

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    Definitely Ernest; he will start crowing at some point.
     

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