It's 5am. Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chode, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. chode

    chode New Egg

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    Hello all,

    first time poster. I got a few day old chicks about 3 months back and I'm now worried one's a boy. We got 1x Silkie, 1x Isa Brown and 1x RIR.

    The RIR was actually a few weeks older than the other chicks when we got them and has always been bigger. Recently she started doing a mini crow at random times during the day. Just now she started crowing at about 0445am. I'm sure the Neighbours aren't impressed.

    At first I thought she (he?) had taken on the role of a rooster like some hens do. Now I'm too sure though. I've added some pics in the hope of getting your expert opinions.

    Any help appreciated

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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Rooster, has male saddle & tail feathers etc.
     
  3. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the males combs will turn red before a hens, hens combs won't turn bright red until they are close to laying age (5 months - 8 months of age depending on breed). males have narrow pointed hackle feathers (neck feathers) and saddle feathers (the feathers toward the back of the bird by his tail) and sickle tail feathers (the type that get big and curl. hens feathers are wide and rounded. some times you can tell by the legs if it's male or female, as the males legs are thicker than a hens but this only works if you have the same breed to compare it to.

    edited to add that the picture you posted is a rooster
     
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  4. Frizzlett98

    Frizzlett98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely a rooster.
     
  5. chode

    chode New Egg

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. That's a bit sad to hear. Guess I'll have to take him back today.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry, but that is definitely a rooster.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, that's a rooster.
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X6 on rooster. Sorry. :eek:(
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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