Is this one a roo????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by themichigander, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. themichigander

    themichigander Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2012
    Portage, Michigan
    i need to know if one of our family chickens is a rooster.we live in a the city in southwest michigan and the city ordinance for keeping chickens doesn't allow roosters. I bought 5 pullets from tractor supply,2 rhode Island reds, 2 new hampshire, and one that seems to be a hybrid of both. At 7 weeks old i can already tell that one of the rhode island reds might be a rooster. its bossying the others around, it a little larger than the others and its comb is bigger and redder than the others.aslo if he is a rooster what should i do with him? should i give him to a farm? is it too late to give it back to TS? if we do get rid of him my family has decided to get 2 more chickens to fill his place. i can only get 2 because its the maximum amount of chickens our city allows. should i get newborns or older hens around 7 or 8 weeks old? here are some pictures of the flock and the alleged rooster.


    The top one in this picture is the hybrid

    Please help i need to know before he starts crowing and waking up our neighbors.

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  2. wildcat chix

    wildcat chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Barbourville, Kentucky
    Looks like you have a roo - his wattles are a lot bigger than the rest, and his saddle feathers are coming in too. Good luck finding him a home
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    Oh you bet that's a boy. So sorry.:(
  4. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Yep, looks like you've got a cockerel.

    TSC will not take him back. If you have any local farms that raise chickens, see about contacting them. You could also put him up on PetFinder or Craigslist. Just keep in mind that if you're looking for a home that will add him to a flock for a permanent position rather than eat him, that it'll be much harder to find him a new home. So talk to your parents and get the search started now, before he crows and upsets the neighbors. [​IMG]

    If you'll be replacing him with two additional birds, you'd probably do best to find pullets that are about the same size/age as what you've got. It'll make integration easier on them. If you go with chicks, you'll have to keep them completely separate from the rest of the flock until they're all of a similar size, because there's always pecking and uproar when adding new birds to a flock.
  5. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    We got our favorite rooster when we bought 4 "pullets" from a hatchery. It happens - no matter how good they are at sexing baby chicks. The trouble with roosters is that most people want chickens for the eggs - and roosters aren't needed for that. Plus, that crow - usually loudly and often. I've had luck selling extra roos on Craigslist. Good luck!
  6. themichigander

    themichigander Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2012
    Portage, Michigan
    thanks for all of your comments. but i have another question for RedDrgn. Where would i find 2 pullets of the same size and age? on craigslist or at a local farm????
  7. teeville5

    teeville5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Yes, he's definitely a roo. I would try to find a local farm, if you could.
  8. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2011
    Milwaukie, Oregon
    Looks like a Production Red cockerel!
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Look on craigslist or your feed store, those are great places. If you know of someone who raises chickens, see if they have a few they're willing to get rid of.
  10. themichigander

    themichigander Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2012
    Portage, Michigan
    ok thanks I'll try a local farm

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