one roo, one ???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hensonly, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. hensonly

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    Hi,

    A while ago I posted about my crowing "pullet", and another bird I wasn't sure of gender.

    Here are pics of the two of them:

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    The white one is the one who's crowing. The red is the one I'm not sure of - it sure looks like a roo, but as far as I can tell it's not crowing. They're 12 weeks (the photos were taken at 10 - 11 weeks).

    I'm concerned about having two roos with 13 hens... I really hope the red is a hen. Not counting on it, but hoping!

    Opinions?
     
  2. Heather J

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    With 13 hens, you'll probably be okay with two roos, unless they start fighting each other--and mine didn't with fewer hens than that.
     
  3. Ellie_NY_chick

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    He looks like a rooster to me. I'm overrun with boys also. We're going to build a bachelor pad for them I think.
     
  4. steffpeck

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    You have 2 roosters. The red one is a Rhode Island Red and the other looks like a Golden Comet Sex-link. We had 2 roos with 12 hens and they each had their group of girls, and for the most part they got along really well. The only time there was a issue is if one of the roos went after the others girl, he would be put in his place by the other roo.
     
  5. hensonly

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    Heck - the photo of the red has been "moved or deleted!!" What's that about? It was there when I began typing this post, and gone when I posted it. Does this happen often??!!

    Yep, I thought so - I ordered 15 RIR pullets - wouldn't you know, the only RIR I got is a roo, with another roo in the mix for good measure![​IMG]

    An added complication is that the red is the one my 12 year old niece picked out (at 1 day old) to be her hen, that she would get the eggs from!

    Said niece is a vegetarian, so I couldn't get rid of the red except to a home that was not going to eat him. It worries me that I hear so much about RIR roos getting extremely nasty. [​IMG]

    How do I go about telling the roos that I am the boss in the coop, in a language they can understand? I am fairly familiar with dog body language, but chickens are a new critter for me. Any suggestions? [​IMG]

    If the boys are going to fight, when might it start? At 12 weeks, and the red is not crowing yet (I'm pretty sure), I'm guessing the boy-behavior is still to come. Would they start sparring and work up to a real fight, or could it just happen out of the blue?[​IMG]

    Thanks for your encouraging remarks that they might actually get along. I do hope so, but if y'all could tell me what to watch for, danger signs, I'd be truly grateful![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2008
  6. chicksinthemachine

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    Start carrying him around and petting him often. Treats help too. Just my opinion as each roo has their own personality but I figure it worked with our hen. My 3 year even picks her up and we are currently doing that with one of our roo's. Good Luck!
     

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