how to recognize an rir rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jcskowronek, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek Out Of The Brooder

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    i don't know if this is the right thread to post this in, but how do i recognize a rhode island red rooster? mine are around 3 months. i have two that are from the same person, one is a little older than the other (2 weeks). the younger one has some black feathers around he neck and a little by the tail. he/shealso has two little reds things under his/her chin, and something red on top of the head too (i dont know what they're called). the older chicken has no black feathers, and only a hint of the red things (they don't come up or hang down). sorry i don't have any pictures right now, i can get some if that would be helpful.

    thanks
    julia
     
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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    The "red things" under the chin are called wattles, and the thing on top of the head is the comb. If they are the same age (or close to it) and the same breed, and one has more clearly defined comb and wattles than the other, then yes - I would surmise that you have a cockerel (rooster younger than one year old) on your hands. The female would be called a pullet (young hen not yet laying).
     
  3. jcskowronek

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    thanks so much for the info and helping a newbie out!!

    julia
     
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    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    You're very welcome. We all started out at sometime or another... [​IMG] Enjoy your chickens!
     

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