Rhode Island Red - Cockerel or not?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by larsand, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. larsand

    larsand New Egg

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    We are new to chickens. Our "babies" are six weeks old today - three Rhode Island Reds and three Plymouth Rocks. From the day we got them home (three days old - so cute!) one of the Rhode Island Reds clearly showed a more bossy and protective behavior than the rest. We named him/her Roosty, not knowing if it's a cockerel or not. He/she appeared to develop slower than the rest - tail feathers took weeks to emerge. However, the comb development is further along than the rest. We still see him/her being aggressive, running in front of another chicken, jumping straight up, pushing the chest forward, pecking. I believe some of these behaviors suggest a cockerel, but also understand that a young hen can behave like this. I don't see the neck having multiple colors and don't see tail feathers growing down, which I understand would be the case for a cockerel.

    I've attached a couple of pics - any idea if this is a male or a female???

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Can you get a pic in natural light? that red lamp makes it hard to see details.

    It's probably male from what I can see.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree.
     
  4. larsand

    larsand New Egg

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    I've attached a couple of more pics with the red light off...

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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quite certain that he is a cockerel.
     
  6. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    looks like a cockerel
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    It looks like a cockerel.
     

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