Help! Do I have a rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crusting, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. crusting

    crusting Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 older hens (2 years old) and 2 7 week old chicks. I've been trying to integrate them, and the 7 week olds have been in a smaller cage inside the run for about 2 weeks now. They are sleeping in the coop at night and then I shoo them out at dawn into the run in their cage. I was going to start letting them out of the cage with hiding places this week or next. However, this morning when I shooed them out of the coop into the run, one of them made a funny noise. Uh oh, could this be a rooster crowing? How would I tell? Can they do that at 7 weeks?

    The one that did it is the dominant one of the two chicks. The person I bought it from said it is a white-colored easter-egger. It looks very similar to my other chick, which is a buff orpington...only it's a little smaller in size and of course it has white feathers.

    Please help me figure this out! I really am hoping it's not a rooster because I would have to find a home for it and I would also be stuck introducing a single chick to the older hens.

    Thank you!!!
     
  2. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could post pics and let people see. You'd probably get lots of opinions.

    My roo's first crows sounded like a strangled cat.
     
  3. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a good close-up pic of the comb, that's be best indicator on EE's.
     
  4. crusting

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  5. crusting

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    Sorry, now I see that last pic is blurry. S/he never stops moving!
    I can take more if those first two aren't good enough to tell.
     
  6. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like there are 3 rows of 'peas' in that comb, and it's fairly large for a 7-wk chick. It might be a roo. [​IMG] BUT EE's are tricky, so wait til you hear a crow.
     
  7. crusting

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    Thanks Amyable. I thought I heard a couple of crows this morning, which is what led me to post about this. It definitely made some strange sounds....but how do I know if those sounds are crows?
     
  8. grimreaper

    grimreaper Out Of The Brooder

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    At this time i am not sure by the pictures.
     
  9. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cockerel. comb's too red for a seven week pullet [​IMG]
     

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