LATE developing roo??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pattycake, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    I have two Rhode Island Red chickens, 22 weeks old. One recently started laying, after showing signs she was about to for a couple weeks. Around the time the one started squatting, I noticed that the other one had hackle feathers! This was at 20 weeks, and I never noticed any other difference between the two before; in fact, I couldn't even tell them apart until then.

    The laying hen has a bigger comb than the RIR with hackle feathers, and is larger over all. But the one with hackle feathers is looking longer and leaner and rooish. S/He's not crowing, and not acting aggressive or watchful, though s/he is maybe a bit more energetic than the other chickens. Maybe.

    Here's my question: is it possible for a rooster to go incognito for 20 weeks? Have you ever heard of this happening? My for-sure rooster, a BO, was clearly male from 7 weeks and was crowing at 14. This one looked *identical* to a known hen until just recently.

    I don't have any pics at the moment, but believe me: there's just a bit of hackling and maybe some curling tail feathers to distinguish him from his/her sister. A smaller comb and wattle, too!
  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I had an EE roo that was mute almost that long. When he finally started to crow.....he did so like a pro. Then i have an EE bantam that was trying at 4 weeks old to crow. He is now 18 weeks and still does not sound right. The kid next door heard him the other day and yelled over the fence...."NO.....thats not how you do it." He then did a demo for my roo on how to crow like a real rooster. So your best bet is to post a pic for all to see and get opinions.

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