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*pics added*Roosters everywhere (or maybe I'm losing my mind)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gnawsey, May 31, 2007.

  1. Gnawsey

    Gnawsey Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I have 4 chicks that I bought through my local feed store from Ideal. All are suppose to be pullets. But, I have my doubts about 3 of them. They are about 4 1/2 weeks old. My buff Brahma has a really red comb, my Houdan doesn't have a puffy crest and is more aggressive, and my E.E. has a short tail and is growing waddles. My hubby tells me not to worry, that no way could 3 out of the 4 be roosters. Is he right? Is it too early to tell? Am I losing my mind? lol

    I'll try and get some pics today if I can get them to hold still.

    On the plus side, we got their run finished yesterday, so they are enjoying a beautiful day outside for the first time. :)

    Stacie

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  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Pictures give us the best guess.[​IMG]
    Brahmas are usually late bloomers. Houdans are light breed so they might be faster growing. EE's are someplace in the middle.
     
  3. Gnawsey

    Gnawsey Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone want to take a guess?

    Stacie
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They all look like girls to me...but I'm terribly bad at guessing who's a boy and who's a girl. [​IMG] The Houdan is very cool looking...great now I want some of those, too... [​IMG]
     
  5. DementedHam

    DementedHam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one with the head feathers is awesome! I would go with leg thickness but unfortunately you have noone to compare them to. [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hmm, your Buff Brahma looks a little like a boy to me and this is why: I had one of Ideal's sexing mistakes in a Light Brahma. He had a different pattern on his hackle area, much more black, not the neat Columbian pointy black color like my other pullet. Here is Bart, formerly known as Bess-see the black wash in the hackle area? Maybe in the second pic you can see the pullet's difference-she's on the left of the picture. I kept saying I had a boy and people kept telling me I didn't, then he crowed. Sweet, sweet boy. In the last picture, he's 7 weeks old
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  7. Gnawsey

    Gnawsey Out Of The Brooder

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    The Houdan is my 4 year old DS favorite. She isn't has friendly has our australorp, but she looks so cool.

    I think you do need some.[​IMG]

    Stacie
     
  8. Gnawsey

    Gnawsey Out Of The Brooder

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    oh shoot speckledhen. I hope "she" is not a "he". Zelda is my favorite. (keeping my fingers crossed)

    Stacie
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I hope not, too, for your sake. I also have a Buff Brahma named Caroline. They are sweet and beautiful girls and I ended up having to find Bart a new home where he could be the only rooster. He was the most cuddly cockerel I ever had and I hated to give him up, but I already had three other roosters here and never intended to have a Brahma roo, especially since they can get very large and can be hard on smaller hens. I'm crossing my fingers for you that I'm wrong about Zelda!
     
  10. Gnawsey

    Gnawsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Well speckledhen,

    You were right! Zelda turned out to be a Zeldo. He was trying his best to crow his little heart out this morning. Back to the feed store he went. I felt bad, but I can't have a rooster. So far, I believe all the others are pullets.

    Thanks for your help again.

    Stacie
     

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