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oh no! possible roo??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kbrunnergirl, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. kbrunnergirl

    kbrunnergirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I am new to chickens and to this website, and am wondering if I may have a little roo on my hands. I have a mixed flock from a mail order that should be all pullets. The little buff orpington seems to be feathering much more slowly than the others (I also have an EE, polish, d'uccle, and a cuckoo maran), although I don't have another BO to compare to. This picture is at 3 1/2 weeks old. There is no sign of red on the comb, and no wattles to speak of. Any help would be much appreciated!

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  2. kbrunnergirl

    kbrunnergirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some more pics, these are from today, and we are at 4 1/2 weeks. Sorry about the blur, my poor boyfriend is being forced to take the pics and text them to me while I'm posting from work - he's getting a little grumpy with me!
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  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to chuckle about the Weber grill box in the background. It's a sign!

    It's still early but it's body shape and sturdy legs would make me keep an eye on it. You might get confirmation in as little as a week or 2.
     
  4. kbrunnergirl

    kbrunnergirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hahaha Percheron chick, the Weber grill is the biggest box we could find for them, hopefully not an omen! What kinds of things might I see in another few weeks for confirmation? Increasing comb size? This chick is definitely not aggressive or even brave at all, probably the biggest baby of the flock - the last one to try something new and the flightiest when being held or moved.
     
  5. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are actually signs of roo-ness. Not very reliable signs but often signs. Many baby roos are skitish - makes them a good watch-dog for the flock later.

    Don't give up though. When I posted picts of my first flock I was told I had:
    SLW - 1 of each
    EE - male
    Spedkled Sussex - 2 females
    Marans - female

    I ended up with:
    SLW - 2 hens
    EE - hen
    SS - hens
    Marans - roo

    If at all possible - just wait for either the crow or the egg. [​IMG]
     
  6. Mathew544

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    Unfortunately you will have to wait until he/she is fully feathered and starts developing combs/waddles. Too soon to tell but I hope you get a hen!
     
  7. kbrunnergirl

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    I hope we end up with a hen too, as we aren't allowed roosters in our town! These are my first chickens and it's amazing how quickly you get attached to them - I would hate end up needing to figure out a solution for an unwanted roo...
     
  8. kbrunnergirl

    kbrunnergirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Picture update (although not a good one, was trying to get a pic of the polish's growing hair do to send to my nieces and got the BO's face and noticed it captured her comb). Coming up on 8 weeks old. There are definitely no wattles growing underneath, just pink little patches. What do you guys think?
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