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Rhode Island Red... Roo or hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by carol0622, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. carol0622

    carol0622 Out Of The Brooder

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    In early May we got 2 RIR chicks. They are now approx 4 months old. We can clearly tell their sex. [​IMG]

    In July I asked the same guy if I could buy another hen. He said he only had one left because foxes killed the other 20+ that he had. So he brings me the only one he had left. The picture below is the baby when I got her/him. (Keep in mind that it is approx 3 months old in this pic)
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    Apparently the guy kept the sole baby in a black box, outside from early May until I got her. Definitely had no heat or property nutrition. I did some research and I think it was runted.

    Here it is 2 weeks after saving her. She is standing next to her sister, Ginger. Same age. How sad is that?!
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    Here she is today
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    Since she was clearly runted I am having a hard time telling what sex she is. I keep saying "she" because I can't have another rooster and I keep hoping that she really is a she.

    Anyone have advice. ??
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Cockerel
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The bird you got was not stunted. It was just much younger than stated. Only approximately 4 weeks old when you got it. If it hadn't received proper nutrition and supplemental heat, it would be dead by about 2 weeks old. That chick had been fed properly. There is no indications of bone deformities that come with poor nutrition. You were lied to about the age. It is also a cockerel.
     
  4. carol0622

    carol0622 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ugh. I was worried that he was lying about it being from the same batch. He assured me it was. So good thing that it was healthy but bad that it's a roo. I can't keep both (I only have 4 hens) and will have to make the horrible choice of picking one to rehome [​IMG]
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree it's a cockerel, and younger than stated.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel - there should be a special place in "NOT heaven," where dishonest sellers go - obviously it would be standing room only.
     
  7. carol0622

    carol0622 Out Of The Brooder

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    I hear ya!!! If he wasn't such a sh*tty person and if I didn't love this little Chickie, I would drop it off on his door step. It's going to break my heart to have to rehome one of the roos! [​IMG]
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    In the Special Hell....next to the child molesters and people who talk in the theater [​IMG]

    Just got to get in my Firefly nod [​IMG]
     
  9. carol0622

    carol0622 Out Of The Brooder

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    Amen to that!!!!
     

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