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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ekar, May 11, 2016.

  1. ekar

    ekar Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys, wondering if anyone can give me their opinion, is this silver whyndotte male or female? The waddle is so much bigger than my other silver or my two golds, they are all the same age close to 8 weeks. Happy for some input [​IMG]
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] That's a cockerel. The big, red comb and wattles give it away.
     
  3. ekar

    ekar Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I figured!!!!! I'm excited the hubby not so much... Lol
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

    Haha! Are you going to be keeping him?
     
  5. ekar

    ekar Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm going to try, I have to do some research on how this will affect our eggs... Meaning how/when do they get fertilized etc.. We have 3 acres so space isn't an issue, we have a great feed store in town, that have a listing of farms that will take him if we need to.
     
  6. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

    Having a rooster doesn't do anything to the eggs - other than fertilizing them, of course. A good rooster protects hens and chicks and alerts them when there is danger, helps the hens with nests, fertilizes eggs as well as lots of other things. If hens really like a rooster sometimes they will lay more eggs than before. Roosters are great! [​IMG]
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Fertile eggs are the same as infertile eggs as long as they aren't incubated. They will not spontaneously begin developing. You may need a few more girls, though. On average, you need about 8 to 10 hens per rooster to prevent him from being 'too hard' on the ladies.
     
  8. ekar

    ekar Out Of The Brooder

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  9. ekar

    ekar Out Of The Brooder

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    Good to know! Thanks for the help, I'd love to keep him, I'll have to see about getting a few more hens if my hubby allows.... Appreciate the help
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Junebuggena gave you the straight talk - I totally agree. Welcome to Backyard chickens
     

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