How to tell RIR Roosters from Pullets

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gkeesling, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. gkeesling

    gkeesling Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    I had 7 RIR packing peanuts come with my 12 Barr Rock pullets when they were shipped from Ideal. They must have been from straight run as some are roosters and some are pullets. They are 12 weeks old now. My problem is how can I tell for sure which ones are the pullets? I thought I could tell by their combs as the roosters would have bigger combs. Two, I know are roosters as they have larger red combs and are crowing. But, one that I thought was a pullet was trying to crow this morning. Is there a sure fire way to tell which ones are roosters? I am going to cull the roosters away before they start laying and want to be sure I get all of them.
  2. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    my roos had much thicker legs and bigger feet, also they seemed to stand a little taller. There is something with the feathering but Im not sure how to describe it, Im sure someone will jump in here with that.
  3. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Songster

    Jan 23, 2009
    The feathering is glossy on all roosters do to the fact they have a gland that produces a nice sheen
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I would give advice but I recently killed a rooster I was sure was a hen...I am such a failure [​IMG]...but I'm gonna eat good! [​IMG]
  5. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Look underneath the hackle and saddle feathers. On males, the new hackle and saddle feathers coming in beneath the chick feathers will be pointed. They should be starting to come in at 12 weeks.

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