Is my 6th she a he?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kackerman4743, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. kackerman4743

    kackerman4743 Hatching

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    Our chicks are 7 weeks old - this one is beginning to worry me. It's much more developed crown and a tad lighter than the other 2 Plymouth rocks we have. And then yesterday I heard it make call sounds.
    We're not allowed to have roosters per city ordinance and we are putting them in their coop today.

    I welcome any thoughts and advice on what to do if it is a rooster.
     

  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

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    Yep! No doubt about it. You have yourself a cockerel!
     
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Songster

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    Craigslist is commonly used to rehome accidental cockerels.
     
  4. kackerman4743

    kackerman4743 Hatching

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    Oh no! But that does explain why he always tries to peck me - super protective of his 5 ladies :)

    I'll try Craig's list but if anyone has other ideas I welcome them. It's a beautiful bird and would love to find a good home.
     

  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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    cockerel - did you buy straight run?
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    Go to your state's thread and offer him there. In the mean time, if he tries to peck you, do some immediate dominance training.

    Copied from an other thread, should be pertinent to your situation:

    Dominance training is what I do with a young roo... one who thinks he's going to be aggressive with humans. (start it just as soon as the aggressive behavior starts.) It would work equally well with a little gal, or a hen of any age who doesn't mind her p's and q's. You pick up the bird who wants to peck and attack you, place it in a foot ball hold, and push the head down below their chest. Every time the bird picks up his head, you push it down, and continue doing so until he voluntarily keeps it down. If he bites, you can grab the feathers on the back of his head to keep him from turning to bite you while pushing his head down. You then set him down so his feet are on the ground while still restraining his body. He'll most likely pick his head back up, and struggle to get away. continue pushing his head down till he submits while you gently restrain him, and he keeps head down. Then you let him go. Continue this daily, or as long as his behavior is aggressive. The other part of dominance training involves teaching him that YOU own the space around the flock. Where ever he happens to be standing, that's where you need to be. You shoo him out of your path. If you give treats to the flock, you may take a thin stick, and gently tap his tail feathers to shoo him away from the treats while the rest of the flock eats. Never walk around him. Walk through him. Make him move out of your way. Some roos need it, some are fast learners and take their lessons from the rest of the flock, never offering any type of aggressive behavior. I thought Little Man was destined for the stew pot. But a week of training turned him into a perfect gentleman. He would have been raised up to be a replacement for Jack, if timing was such that Jack needed to go. But... Jack (my Avatar pic of him doesn't do him justice) is holding his own, and a proud Daddy of yet an other generation of youngsters.
     

  7. That defiantly a cockerl.
     
  8. carlf

    carlf Chirping

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    And a fine looking cockerel at that!

    And yes, begin dominance training. Next time he pecks you, pick him up and carry him around until he stops struggling and submits.
    Or place both hand on his back, covering his wings, and gently push him to the ground and hold him there until he completely submits.
    Repeat every time he pecks or tries to fight you. Don't fight back, just push him down or pick him up.
    And dont feed him treats anymore, just the hens and where he can see yo doing it. He will get the hint.
     

  9. carlf

    carlf Chirping

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    In regards to what to do with him, I BBQ'd all 5 of mine at 9 weeks, but that's not for everyone....
     

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