Help! Is this little guy a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by barredrock254, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. barredrock254

    barredrock254 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know for certain that this guy right here, Pretty Boy, is a rooster because he just tried to do the chicken dance to me. All of my chicks are mutts from a Red Silkie Roo and RIR's, NH's, Comets and Barred rocks.

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    He has a nice, strawberry-red rose comb.


    This one here, Blaze, I am not so sure about. It is about twice as big as Pretty Boy and shows dominance towards him and they also fight each other.

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    Blaze has a weird single comb that is really wavy.
    I think this one is mixed with a rhode island red hen.


    Here is what one of the definite hens look like. Her name is Clover.
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    Here are more pics of Pretty Boy and Blaze.

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    Pretty Boy <(left) and Blaze (right)>
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    Pretty Boy ^^^
     
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  2. barredrock254

    barredrock254 Out Of The Brooder

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    The reason I know that Blaze is mixed with a RIR is that he/she is very dominant, acts like my old RIR, Big Red, and is redder than the others.
     
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  3. barredrock254

    barredrock254 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anybody have any Ideas?
     
  4. srslychickning

    srslychickning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are these folks? I'm trying to compare feather shape and coloring, comb growth waddles, etc. Behaviour is sometimes a good indicator but not always, so I try to stick to physical traits versus how they act. Are you able to get any good pics of his/her saddles and hackles? I'm tempted to say Blaze is a girl because I think her coloring should be lighter for a roo, but without being able to know the age and see some of the tell-tale feathers, it's hard to know. Plus, Blaze seems to be holding herself in a more girly way, kind of lower to the ground and "busty" (not a technical term! haha). I don't see any obvious painted feathers on the upper wings either, which you will often see with roos. Anyway, hopefully others will comment. Good luck - let us know about the age and whether you're able to get any good shots of her back (or his back!).
     
  5. barredrock254

    barredrock254 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are eight weeks and two days old. They all hatched in a period of one-two days so they are relatively the same age. In the pictures, Pretty boy's comb looks pinker than it actually is. It is super red.

    Here is Pretty Boy's Photoshoot:

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    And Blaze's Photoshoot (ignore my face please):
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    Here are some of the other hens:

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    Thanks for helping!
     
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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Blaze is male.
     
  7. srslychickning

    srslychickning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, the pictures help a lot! They are both roos. Note how their comb and waddles are much larger and darker than your hens. Those combs and waddles kind of shout "ROOSTER" to me. Also, I noted that your hens have more feathered-out legs than the boys. Hens tend to get their feathers in more quickly than roos. I'm pretty sure they are both boys, but you'll know for sure once you hear a crow or see an egg! BTW, it's good to see your face in pictures! So many people post chicken-only. Nice to see who you're talking to sometimes. :)
     
  8. barredrock254

    barredrock254 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay! Thank you.
     

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