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Rhode Island Red Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by rotarynaturecenter, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. rotarynaturecenter

    rotarynaturecenter New Egg

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    Hi there,

    I work at the Rotary Nature Center within the Parks and Recreation department in Oakland, CA. We're right on America's first wildlife refuge at Lake Merritt and someone dumped a chicken by the lake earlier this week that we picked up to get rehomed.

    We believe it may be a Rhode Island Red rooster - pretty sure it was crowing! But, since it looks fairly inbetween when looking at Rhody photos of both male and female online of similar size/age, we'd love to make sure. We don't know how old it is, so if someone can figure that out that'd be great! [​IMG] It's pretty friendly and doesn't mind being pet too much.

    We think the previous owner trimmed down the tail feathers, as they seem to have been disturbed.

    These were photos from my cellphone and I could take better ones tomorrow, if you need. Just don't have my camera on me.

    We'd love confirmation on breed, gender and approx. age - it'll be easier to get it rehomed if we know as much as we possibly can.

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  2. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    looks like a young roo, maybe 6-9 months but the only way to know for sure is to hear it crow. Id say RIR is right on track. If it is a roo the tail feathers will grow back. If it was in the wild maybe it lost them to a close call with a predator but if its young it may not have grown in yet.
     
  3. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster Haiku:

    Rhode Island Roosters
    Ugly aggressive and mean
    He'll make tasty soup
     
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  4. mother o' chicks72

    mother o' chicks72 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    TT! :

    Rooster Haiku:

    Rhode Island Roosters
    Ugly aggressive and mean
    He'll make tasty soup

    you have a very mean attitude. it's not the roosters fault it was born male. how would you like it if you had a kid and thenn someone was like "it's a boy, so i'm going to make soup out of it" ? you know?​
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    mother o' chicks72 :

    TT! :

    Rooster Haiku:

    Rhode Island Roosters
    Ugly aggressive and mean
    He'll make tasty soup

    you have a very mean attitude. it's not the roosters fault it was born male. how would you like it if you had a kid and thenn someone was like "it's a boy, so i'm going to make soup out of it" ? you know?​

    Actually the proper thing to say is, not all Rhode Island Red males are mean. And certainly not all roosters in general are. [​IMG]

    Hatchery bred Rhode Island Red roosters in general, yes, can be mean because they're bred solely for the female's production of eggs. . .


    The shown rooster looks more like a New Hampshire to me, but, both these days from hatcheries look quite a like.​
     
  6. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Proper Thing Haiku

    Not all males are mean
    Just some big stupid roosters
    Those ones should be soup

    And

    That rooster looks nice
    He looks cute with no tail
    I hope you're happy
     
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  7. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    I'd have guessed New Hampshire, to me he's to pale to be RIR but as Illia said, hatchery stock RIR is a possibility.

    I'd go for around 6mo too, old enough to be crowing and dumped after his owners couldn't find him a home.

    Good news for him is he's friendly, makes him much easier to he-home. [​IMG]
     
  8. kcaywood

    kcaywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TT!, thank you for the laugh today! And I hope it's okay that I steal your signature line for my FB status - awesome.

    As a child, I had a RIR rooster named Cock who was just my big ol' baby, just a love. Still, I enjoyed all the haikus! [​IMG]
     
  9. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    I would guess around 6 months old or so, and hatchery stock RIR the only problem I see is if he gets some hens and the hormones kick in he might need someone that has dealt with teenage rooster before they can get aggressive not saying he will just could I Know my bantam rooster did but with being carried around and such he has settled down.
     
  10. rotarynaturecenter

    rotarynaturecenter New Egg

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    Thank you so much for the replies!

    Quite a few RIR and some New Hampshire votes. I'll research New Hampshire chickens a bit just in case and to check out how it compares to our fella.

    TT! - While the first haiku was a bit cruel (but funny), the follow-ups were good [​IMG]
     

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