Help me out!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Stevens, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Stevens

    Stevens Hatching

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    Here's the story:

    Yesterday afternoon I went by the local feedstore to get some wire so I could build my chicken tractor today. Still have some weeks before my birds are ready, but why wait until the last minute. Anyhow--- Outside the back door at the feedstore they had a large cage stuffed full of biddies. I'd say they were about 4 weeks of age, breed I'm thinking barred rock. Sign said straight run--$2 each. $2 each for a feathered out biddie, that's a steal of a deal.

    Now this is where you guys come in. Either ya'll have got to talk me out of buying a couple 3-4 of those things. Or, ya'll have to help me out in IDing the pullets. They were probably 50 birds in the cage and like anytime I have ever seen birds caged like that, they were moving constantly, impossible to focus attention on one bird. It's been 20 years since I kept birds so I am way rusty and I need a little help. These birds were feathered out pretty good, some had nice bright yellow/orange combs.

    I figure I could get 3 or 4 of those birds put them in the brooder with my birds of nearly the same age, and the wife would be none the wiser. When I got my birds a few weeks ago she made me promise that we would stay on a small scale, 10 birds. Well, I got be conservative estimates 4 roosters. Three of those guys are going to the happy freezer in the sky, so I figure I could get 3 or 4 pullets to replace'em. That makes sense don't it? I'd still only have 10, right?

    Listen to me would you. I got it bad. You'd swear I was plotting to go out and chase wild women.

    So can anybody help a brother out?
     
  2. marytoast

    marytoast Songster

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    I think BR's are hard to sex when they are young like that. You may have to wait and see who crows. Saying that, how could you resist biddies for only $2. Buy them all. Sell the roos later. [​IMG]
     
  3. joanie_maine

    joanie_maine Songster

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    If you are shooting for pullets, avoid bright yellow/orange combs.

    AND, you can always sell pullets.



    The good news is that whoever has the least number of roosters WINS [​IMG]
     
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

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    pick the ones with the smallest wattles....
     
  5. twentynine

    twentynine Songster

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    Stevens is now twentynine!!!!!!

    I gave'em a good looking over. My guess is some one done beat me to the pullets. They sure all look like roos.

    Passed'em by, didn't buy any.
     
  6. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    On my BR the girls are black with white and the boys are white with black. More black - she, more white - he.

    [​IMG]

    Senior Cocky, my BR roo, you can see his sister hen next to him.
     

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