Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WildBillHicks, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. WildBillHicks

    WildBillHicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE mix pullet has added color in the last month. See pic.

    Top pic was a month ago. Look at her head and neck then look at the bottom pic taken last week. She's added orange to her head, neck and back. It's very odd. She's about 6 months old. Is this normal?

    Someone said cockerels do this but she's a she not a he.

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  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    It looks like a cockerel to me. [​IMG]
     
  3. Mac14

    Mac14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya have to agree. Can we see some more tail shots? :)
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Color pattern, pointed hackle feathers, saddle - cockerel
     
  5. WildBillHicks

    WildBillHicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More pics

    First pic is right after I bought her from the feed store. They said it was a she.

    I have noticed those long neck feathers as seen in the last two pics. That's the hackle, right? She (he?) will raise up with her two game hen buddies as if they are going to fight but they never actually fight, it's like play time or something. Point being you can really see those long neck features when she does that.

    I will be crushed (lol) if it's a cockerel. I just love this bird because she is not like any other bird I have and I really wanted to have easter eggs. My roo doesn't mess with her other than food squabbles.

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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It's a cockerel. It's common for birds with red leakage like that to have it increase as they age.
     
  7. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree! Sorry it is definitely a he.
     
  8. WildBillHicks

    WildBillHicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If true when will he reach sexual maturity and start mating and will he fight with the other rooster?

    The lack of comb and waddle threw me too.

    this is my rooster
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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    From his feathering he's hitting puberty now. You just never know how a younger roo is going to be with an older one. My current oops roo, a barred rock, is 6-7 months and still runs from my older roo. The younger one does crow and I saw him try to mate a hen the other day.........she kicked his butt and then chased him around the run for good measure!

    Some folks' experience is an older roo keeps a younger roo from crowing, etc. Some folks' younger roos hit 6 months or so and start challenging the older roo to the point they have to be seperated. So, you'll just have to wait and keep an eye out.
     
  10. WildBillHicks

    WildBillHicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Took some pics today. You guys are right. Now that I know what to look for you can clearly see his saddle developing. He's such a sissy though. All the hens that were there before him peck at him and just jumps 2 feet in the air and squeals. No sign of crowing.

    I think with all that gold/orange coming in it makes him look handsome and if he gets a long loopy tail and thick saddle/hackle even more so. I thought he was an ugly pullet. haha

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