Please tell me they aren't roosters!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 2chicks, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. 2chicks

    2chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't have roosters and I have no clue what to do if they are...so I am SOOOO hoping they are not! I believe they were born the first or 2nd week in May. I have no clue what breed these are...they are a Kgarten hatching project, a small family farm donated the eggs.

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    Bella running away
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    Lucky
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    Lucky and Bella wanting in the house, Lucky is on right
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  2. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see any pictures.
     
  3. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
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    Hmmm, they look like Barred Rocks. As to whether they are hens or roosters, they look like pullets/hens to me. However, I'm not entirely sure about that.
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Lucky is looking like a roo to me. They are Barred Rocks.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They are BR's.... But being only 9 weeks old... may june july.... I think they are both roos... give them some more time and see.
     
  6. sdeneen2001

    sdeneen2001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that they are probably barred rocks. I would be more concerned about Belle than Lucky. BR roosters have more white than black and the hens (generally) have more black than white. Look at the color diff in the picture where they are coming in the door together. My barred rock hen had enough comb and wattles at that age that I was posting pictures also. Best of luck. I always try to remember that hatched eggs will be "straight run" with about 1/2 being rooster, including all of the really friendly ones that your kids have fallen in love with (I think it is part of rooster survival that they try to have sweet personalities so they don't end up in the stew pot and get to pass on their "friendly genes")
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  7. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    since I have been told that its best to look at their feet to sex them, and though I cant see their feet very well, what I can see says Pullet.
    So despite their combs and wattles, thats what i'm going with until you post better pics of their legs and feet.

    For the record, my track record on trying to see features on pics that are hard to see, is Not very good [​IMG] :eek:
    added, just looked at luckys legs again, thats got to be a pullet. I cant see the other ones legs at all..
     
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  8. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I don't know if the crowing age is the same for all breeds all the time, but I reckon at 9 weeks you should know for sure if you have a roo(s) very soon. Mine started the beginnings of a pitiful squawking crow at around 4 weeks, which I think is pretty early. I've heard over and over again they usually start their pathetic attempts at crowing around 8-9 weeks [​IMG]

    My roo is a Golden Campine and his comb is easily two to three times bigger than either of your chicks. On the other hand, my pullets have hardly started developing wattles and they're at 9 weeks. Again, I think breed variations have a lot to do with the differences in development...I have no BRs, so I have no idea. So, my advice would just be to wait a bit because if you have a roo, the most obvious sign of crowing shouldn't be too far off.
     
  9. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    BTW, my comments on the legs are fairly specific to Barred Rocks and Dominiques(wich I have).
    I will say that those are awfully red combs but im sticking with pullet on the one.
    Look for blackish on their legs and feet,(NOT Solid Yellow)
    Solid yellow should indicate a roo, darkish coloring on their legs is supposed to mean it is a pullet, worked for me [​IMG]
     
  10. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm...I'd say keep an eye on Bella. Could be borderline. My 6 - 8 week old Barred Rock hen's waddles and comb aren't that big, but it varies from chicken to chicken.

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    She's on the left in the pic below:
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