Is This A Rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by philangies, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. philangies

    philangies Hatching

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    I ordered 6 barred rock female chicks that I've been raising since 1 day old. I noticed one started growing the comb and waddle (i think that's the name for under the neck thing) and that the others defer to her. Now they are almost 7 weeks old and the other combs are only tiny and still orange, but hers are huge. Is there any chance she's a rooster?[​IMG]
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  2. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chirping

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    That's a roo
     
  3. philangies

    philangies Hatching

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    I'm very inexperienced, but from what I've read from other posts a rooster should be more silver than this one, so I wasn't concerned until recently because her comb is getting bigger while none ofthe other 5 are at all.
     
  4. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chirping

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    The fact that a barred rock rooster would have more silver was throwing me off too, but I have never seen a 7 week old hen with a comb that big. That comb is bigger than the comb of my 20 week old jersey giant hen.
     
  5. rc4u

    rc4u Songster

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    at that age the tails are still shorter on roos which it looks like it is...
     
  6. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

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    Sorry that is a rooster[​IMG] .
    But he is really cute!
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2014
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Rooster
     
  8. philangies

    philangies Hatching

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    Ok thank you. I'm not sure what to do now. Are there any advantages of having a rooster? I think I've read that they are protective of their flock.
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    You'll get mixed reviews on that - IMO, though, the only "advantage is having fertilized eggs, which is only an advantage if that is something you want. As for the rest of the things a rooster may/can do, I've seen/had hens do all of it too.
     
  10. philangies

    philangies Hatching

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    I've also read that roosters have spurs. Would they be showing at this age?
     

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