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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lady Eggsalot, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Lady Eggsalot

    Lady Eggsalot In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2013
    Good morning!! I just joined but been using this site for a few months.My neighbor and I bought 6 Rhode Island Red pullets on March 5th being a day old. We decided that 3 each was too many for our small backyards and gave 2 away. So between the 2 of us and 4 birds...3 are crowing. Really??? What are the chances?? The farm is "Rooster Free Guarantee" and said we can bring them back..ok fine but 3 out of 4?? How can I know for sure that they are hens and not roo's?? Spent a lot of time and money this summer with them...frustrated!!
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  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    If they crow - they're roosters. No doubt about it.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Perhaps the two you gave away were pullets. If they're crowing, they're assuredly cockerels. A hen may crow occasionally but pullets don't.
    A farm without a very experienced sexer probably will send out lots of cocks unless they have a feather sexing breed.
    Chicks hatch at a 50/50 ratio and even big hatcheries with high paid sexing experts can get it wrong.

    I wouldn't suggest starting with fewer than 3 and even that is really not enough for many reasons.
    First of all, you probably got them for eggs rather than meat - right? As you've said, it takes a lot of time and money to get started. To go through that and still have to buy eggs from the grocery store seems like an exercise in futility.
    Regardless of how many eggs you currently use, you'll use many more once you have delicious fresh eggs in your own yard.
    Even starting with all females as chicks, it's a 5 month wait for the first little pullet eggs. RIRs will eventually lay nearly an egg a day till their first molt. That's usually the second autumn. So if you only average eating and baking with about a dozen a week, you're ok with 2. But during the molt you won't get any eggs, so that's 2 months or more with no eggs.
    After each subsequent molt they will lay fewer and fewer eggs.

    Also, chickens get taken by predators, get ill or just die for no apparent reason. As flock animals, they don't do well without friends. If one dies, the other probably won't fare well unless it has made friends with other animals. To add birds later is more difficult.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Lady Eggsalot, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Sorry to hear about your rooster bad luck!
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] a lot of people have the same thing happen to them. If you buy young chicks even "sexed" ones that it always a possibility. About the only sure things are to get hens already laying eggs. At least they will take your roosters back, a lot of people are stuck with them or end up eating them.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California

  8. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    Welcome to the site! Sorry about the rotten rooster luck :(
  9. Lady Eggsalot

    Lady Eggsalot In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  10. Lady Eggsalot

    Lady Eggsalot In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2013

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