Is this a cockerel!?! (Pictures)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Artemis Fowl, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello there BYC I'm very new to chicken keeping, and I recently bought 6 chicks from the local feed store, 3 are BR, and 3 are RIR. I was told they were all pullets but now at about 5 weeks I'm thinking a have a roo.

    This is the suspect roo: [​IMG]

    Another angle: [​IMG]

    Her Feathers: [​IMG]

    Her Sisters: [​IMG]

    Yet Another Angle: [​IMG]

    Also one of my barred rocks is about half the size of the her sisters and she has different patterning? Is she a he?




    This is her: [​IMG]

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    Thanks for all the help,
    Jason
     
  2. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, I'd say cockeral.....for both.
     
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  3. bowiebenson

    bowiebenson Out Of The Brooder

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    If it turns dark red i'd say yes... but it is large but not as red as I would expect... i have a lot of roos that are way more red than that!
     
  4. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure looks like a roo to me! Hatcheries don't guarantee 100% accuracy when sexing, so it sometimes happens.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
    www.ChickenTrackin.com
     
  5. Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope it doesn't turn out to be a roo:/
     
  6. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The red is definitely a cockerel. No doubt.
     
  7. chicknerd

    chicknerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all, I am no expert like others on this board. However, I had a Barred Rock that was just like that at that age. Her comb was huge but NOT red. She has now grown into the comb and is no way a cockerel. No wattles either. Yours may be a roo, but I would wait and see. Five weeks ago I was ready to give her away. I am glad I waited.
     
  8. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a cockerel to me but give it a chance maybe you will be surprised.
     
  9. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    feed store and hatcheries are never 100% accurate on sexing, so expect something to potentially be wrong there.

    I have had RIR birds develop combs and turn red like that early on, just like you pictured, and have had them turn out to be hens. I would not worry YET.
     
  10. Peppermint

    Peppermint Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yep, those RIR get their combs early. The boys' combs get really big and really red very early. Yours is still very much in the pullet realm. Don't fret yet!
     

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