Rhode Island Red 12 weeks, pullet or roo?

Featherlyadvice

In the Brooder
Jun 17, 2016
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Purchased some production RIR's from TSC. Supposed to be pullets, but 1 got red before the other. We named her Rosey, and Rosey has recently started making what sounds like a sick beginning of a crow! What confuses me is that both RIR's seem to have same body, legs and feathers, just different comb/wattles and now Rosey's new call. What do you guys think?
Ms. Rosey
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Ms. Big Mama
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Featherlyadvice

In the Brooder
Jun 17, 2016
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Adrian, MI
Could be a fast maturing pullet. It's not unheard of for Production Reds to start laying at 16 weeks.

I was wondering the same thing. What threw me is that they look the same body wise, feathering color, leg color, etc. Its just that red comb/wattle thats different. I thought maybe the weird sick call may be the start of an egg song or something too. Its like one long, hoarse "baaaaaaaaalllllwk".
 

Sherloki

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Hmmm that is interesting. Definitely suspicious though with those wattles. My two RIRs that I got from TSC are a bit older and definitely don't have anywhere near that amount of wattles and comb, much more like your other Red. But it doesn't seem to have a rooster stance either..... Definitely interesting, you've got to update us when you find out the gender for sure.
 

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