Is my Partridge Rock Pullet a roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by crayon, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. crayon

    crayon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know 4 weeks is early- BUT... I got a feeling.... My pullet is a roo.....


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    anyone else want to give their opinion- seeing as it is an extremely small 4.5 week old Partridge Rocks.

    The one in question is on the top: The lower one is a pullet and a total dwarf!

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  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's possible or it could be like my Stumpy, a slow developing hen with a 'tude.
     
  3. PtldChick

    PtldChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought partridge roos/cockerals had quite a different feather pattern from hens/pullets? Or is that only some partridges (breed dependent)?
     
  4. crayon

    crayon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hummm.... I wonder! My other PRs have feathers up their shoulders and down their backs. This one has very little and none on his/her shoulders and the coloring on the others is much darker.

    Maybe someone can answer that question! [​IMG]
     
  5. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    She looks little for 4 weeks old!

    Here are some photos of my hatchery Partridge Rock Rooster (bought as a day old pullet) in case it helps you out. He is from Meyer's stock. This chick turned out to be 100% rooster!
    By 4 weeks he had a notable comb and his legs were already REALLY turning yellow (in addition to being thick as tree trunks). He also had considerable 'bald' spots on his elbows (some people refer to this as the shoulder, but in reality it's the elbow joint of the wing). I have read here that Partridge Rock cockerals develop pretty quickly in terms of letting you know they are roosters. Mine started crowing at 11 weeks old.

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    28 days (4 weeks) old:
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  6. crayon

    crayon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU!!!

    He looks more like the 21 day old picture you have! He does have more of a comb than my other ones and the feathering patter is quite the same.

    THANK YOU for saying something about his size!!! I have been telling my husband all my PRs are SMALL!!!!! And my Polish too! My RIRs seem to be a size of 3-4 weeks but these ones look like they are 2 weeks old! They were shipped from the hatchery on July 18. So that would put them at 4 weeks and 3-4 days old.

    My other chickens- BRs, SLW and EErs were all MUCH bigger than this hatchery order at this age....
     
  7. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    Quote:The last photo at 21 days old has him next to two barred rock pullets of the same age, if it helps!

    What hatchery did you order from? Maybe genetics are at play? It's possible they will go through a growth spurt and catch up (I hope!).

    I wish I could help more-- Gullin, our PR cockeral, was the only PR chick we ordered (we ordered all girls) so I don't have anyone to compare him to.
     
  8. crayon

    crayon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got them from Meyer Hatchery. I am wondering if part of the issue was my feed- I had a local farmers feed that was recommended to me- however I changed it a week ago to a commercial feed because they were not growing as I had expected.

    I went out and observed the chicks today and that one for sure has more of a comb. I will try to get another picture! It looks like they are growing better now with the better food- they look like they are maybe 10 days behind in size.
     
  9. Arookar

    Arookar Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow- I thought the Partidge Rock Roos had a solid black body & tail...very different from the hens.... now I'm wondering about mine! [​IMG]
     
  10. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    Quote:Mine came from Meyer, this May, too. I have them on Countryside feed, I'm not sure if that made a difference?
     

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