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Production Red Roo vs Pullet behavior

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mmcraig70, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. mmcraig70

    mmcraig70 Hatching

    Nov 30, 2013
    Galt, CA
    Hello, everyone.
    I've been agonizing over this issue for a couple of weeks now! I have two 8 or 9 week old production reds (sold to me as RIR by the way). Some of the physical signs of roosterhood have developed in one such as black, shiny feathers around the neck and a more developed comb and wattle. She's only slightly larger than her sister. I bought hese two chicks for one of my hens who keeps going broody on me. She's an amzing foster mom. Long story short: how much weighr does behavior carry when trying to determine the sex of production reds? This guy/girl acts EXACTLY like the clutch-mate (is that a word?). Absolutely no roo behavior. I dont have pics right now but i will try to get some posted. Im perplexed! Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chirping

    May 21, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    At that age most likely the color of the comb will be important too, if it is much more red then it's likely a cockerel. It seems that behavior varies a lot - some roos make themselves known very early, whereas others don't show any behavioral changes until later, so in general that's not a very good indicator. Comb and feathers are more reliable. The feather shape is probably more important than the coloring.
  3. mmcraig70

    mmcraig70 Hatching

    Nov 30, 2013
    Galt, CA
    Thank you for your response. I keep looking for the pointy feathers...the last time this happened (apparently i dont learn from my mistakes) the feathers were decidedly different. They were thin and pointed. This little one is an enigma. Really allows my older hens to boss him/her around. All I can do is wait for a crow or an egg. Thanks again. When we get back from vacation i will post some photos.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Some cockerels have male behavior at this young age, but many are still just babies and don't have any gender specific behavior. If your bird has a red comb at this age, it's a cockerel.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would agree with that, red comb

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