no roosters? what are the chances?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cptbahama, May 4, 2011.

  1. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We started raising chickens in February. I acquired a few chicks each week over the course of about 4 weeks until I had 16 chicks. The oldest ones are about 12 weeks old, the youngest about 8. I'm seeing no signs of a rooster. But my eye is untrained. It just seems the odds are pretty slim that at least one didn't turn out to be a rooster. Which is good by the way, we didn't really want one.
    A local chicken farmer told me to watch for aggressive behavior and spur development on the legs. I see some aggressive behavior (mostly in the Ameraucanas and Wyandottes) but nothing too crazy. What are some other things to watch out for?
     
  2. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you have roosters, you will see signs soon. Look at the neck feathers, if they are long and stringy then then might be a roo. It's nice to have chicks the same age to compare with. My roos all seem to stand differently...a little more upright and I have seen little mock cock fights between the roos when they are young, but sometimes the pullets join in so that's not a sure fire way to tell.
    depending on the breed will depend how soon and easy you can tell. I had a wyandotte roo last year that I had even picked out a girls name for that turned out to be a roo. I couldn't tell until he was almost 6 months old. My mutt breed (phoenix cross) matures early and they start crowing around 12-14 weeks. good luck....hope you have no roos!
     
  3. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also look at saddle feathers. The Roos will be pointed and flow down while a pullets will be more rounded and point back. The comb and wattles will be red sooner and larger. If you could post some pics I'm sure a lot of people will be able to help more! [​IMG]
     

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