Need a rooster. Confused! Please help.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mschickiemama, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. mschickiemama

    mschickiemama Out Of The Brooder

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    Should I buy this rooster? He's originally from a feed store and the guy says he's an Americauna. He doesn't look like it to me. Is he an easter egger? Does the feed store misname their chickens? Also, the guy says he is approx. 20 weeks , heavy boned, and almost twice the weight of his sisters. Is this a good thing in a rooster? I've never had a rooster before and need help from the experts out there! Would a heavy rooster hurt my hens with the weight?

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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    He looks like a Speckled Sussex to me. You are correct that if he came from a feed store, he wouldn't be an Americauna - they are serviced for the most part by hatcheries who only have Easter Eggers.
     
  3. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 and also that bird looks older than 20wks. Think the guy at the feed store is either misinformed or trying to get rid of a it by giving you a spiel. Heavy boned? Does this guy got x-ray eyes? Depending on the breed most times the rooster will weigh from 1-3 pounds more than the hen, unless the rooster is full grown and hens are still young pullets. Twice the size sounds a little sketchy to me.
     
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  4. mschickiemama

    mschickiemama Out Of The Brooder

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    Does the feed store make mistakes? He does look like a speckled sussex.
     
  5. mschickiemama

    mschickiemama Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe it's just an awkward picture. I don't know what to do.
     
  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh my goodness, yes! Sometimes you get lucky and have someone at a feed store who actually knows a little about poultry but more often than not, they know very little.
     
  7. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a Speckled Sussex rooster that appears under 6 months old. He looks good to me. The most I would pay for him is $10. He's pretty but in no part an EE nor an Ameraucana.
     
  8. mschickiemama

    mschickiemama Out Of The Brooder

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    The guy wants 14 bucks...
     
  9. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would offer him $6 bucks, if he says no turn around and walk out. If he says ok $10, tell him $8 and not a dime more. Simply because its not what he said it is.
     
  10. darin367

    darin367 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well what did you decide.............. my experience, i raise my roos from chicks, that way my kids maul them for 6 months.... haven't had a mean roo yet... they see a kid, they either lay down or run!!!!!!!!!
     

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