Is my Frizzle a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by avance09, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. avance09

    avance09 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone help me figure out if my frizzle chick is a rooster? I'm not very familiar with this breed or chickens in general.

    If the lady I got these from was correct on their age, then they should be almost 3 months old. However, the rooster on the left just started being vocal this morning (and I know it was him because I saw him).

    Another reason I believe my frizzle is a rooster-- Every now an then when I let them roam the yard, the rooster will chase after the frizzle like he wants to hurt him but when he catches him, he just jumps on the frizzle. Really weird. I'm really not familiar with chicken behavior except I know that two roosters will fight. They don't hurt each other...yet. They just kinda chase each other when I let them out of the coop. When they are in the coop, they act fine.

    Please let me know what you think. I'm fairly new to this.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It can be difficult to tell with frizzles, but I don't see any obvious rooster characteristics. However, if it's possible, could you post a close-up photo of the head and comb?
     
  3. avance09

    avance09 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the best I could do. When I touch it, it doesn't feel like a comb. It just feels like a bunch of feathers. And there is no wattle.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Still doesn't really look like a cockerel--I think you have a pullet. [​IMG]

    By the way, here is just a little information about what a frizzle is, as I noticed that you referred to your chicken as a "breed". That is a common mistake. Actually, frizzling is just a variety of a breed of chicken; any breed can be frizzled, though Polish and Cochins are the most commonly frizzled. At poultry shows, instead of being their own separate breed, frizzles compete along with other birds in their breed for best of their breed. Your chicken appears to be a frizzled Polish mix (and a rather pretty one, too).

    Another interesting fact: If you cross a frizzle with a frizzle, you'll get a bunch of frizzles, but also some birds known as "curlies". Curlies have two doses of the frizzling gene, which causes them to be excessively frizzled. Their feathers are so frail that they often snap off, leaving the bird practically naked. Because of this, when breeding, it is best to breed a frizzle to a smooth bird. This cross will produce some birds that aren't frizzled, but those that are will not be at risk for being naked.

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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    X2. The original poster has a pullet, in my opinion.
     
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  6. avance09

    avance09 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay! Thank you so much for the information. Like I said, I am a newbie to having chickens and I am learning as I go!

    I was just confused on why my rooster is jumping/chasing her. Surely he isn't trying to mate her this early, right? Or my thought was that he may be trying to show whose dominate? But, again, I'm just a beginner. Haha!
     

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