RIR Gender?

pikeman94

Songster
7 Years
Aug 25, 2010
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Olathe, KS
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Hello everyone!

First time poster, first time chicken owner. We received these fine Reds from a friend a month ago. I built an ark and all has been well. Then, I started doing more research on the web about this breed and have found a lot of information. That is when I started to notice some things about my birds that made me curious. Namely, is my bigger bird a Nutmeg or a Nutmax? I had my veterinarian neighbor come over and look and she really couldn't tell. So I deffer to the countless experts on the forum. Here are the pics.

Here they are together. I am positive of the one on the right - Ginger, is a pullet. The mystery is the one on the left - Nutmeg or Nutmax. You can thank my wonderful little redhead for these names.


Here is a better image of Ginger.


And finally Nutmeg or Nutmax.


Finally, these birds are from an April hatch, not sure on the date as these were given to me. So I am guessing ~12 to ~13 weeks. I do know we are close to egg laying and/or crowing. So far no crowing or any roo habits for that matter. I have caught Nutmeg/Nutmax in the nesting box with the fake egg recently. Finally, the friend that gave these birds to me had an Americana pullet. The Americana was taking on roo traits and bossing these two around.

I will quit babbling for now and see what you all have to say.

Thanks in advance!

Pikeman
 

Lbrad7

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May 19, 2010
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The bird on the left has a pretty large comb but I think they are both pullets. I dont mean to be picky but you need to up grade that wire to hardware cloth or you could lose both of them before long. What you have on your coop now wont even slow most predators down.
 

Lbrad7

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May 19, 2010
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Do you guys not think that at that age (would have to be between 14 and 17 weeks) that a RIR or PRIR wouldn't have much darker and pointed hackle and saddle feathers along with the mostly black and curved tail feathers? Considering its age, I think it would more than likely be a faster maturing pullet than a slowly maturing roo.

I do admit that it has a little roo look to it with the larger comb and wattles but I have a dozen 19 week old PRIR pullets and they look just like the one on the left. Very curious about your thoughts....
 

PotterWatch

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Apr 22, 2008
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In the first picture, it looks like there are saddle feathers coming in so I will guess it is a roo.


Lbrad, the need for hardware cloth depends on where you are. My coop and run are less predator-proof than the picture shown and I haven't lost any birds to predators with my setup. We have few predators in my area.
 

Lbrad7

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May 19, 2010
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Ringgold, GA
Quote:IMO you have been very lucky with a coop and run with less protection than chickenwire. (I can't imagine what that would be) You may not have wild predators in your area but you still have to protect them from the domestic. A small dog can push or chew though chickenwire like its nothing. I have had weasles push through in the corners and they aren't much more than a big rat.

I have been raising chickens for over 35 years and it has always been my experience that it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your birds safety, especially when it's such an easy inexpensive fix.
 

PunkinPeep

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Mar 31, 2009
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Quote:I'm leaning this way too. My roos are usually bigger at this point, but i have had the slow developer from time to time, who will fool you for a while. If Nut? were younger, i would say he was a roo for sure.

If i could see the feathers better, that would help.
 

BekahBear

Songster
9 Years
Jan 3, 2010
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Arizona
I'm gonna go with slow maturing roo. In a couple ofthe pics he appears to have saddle feathers but it's hard to tell. Some better and more clear pics from the side that show the feathers would help.
 
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