roo or hen: 4 week old hatchery RIR/production red

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kategreen, May 1, 2017.

  1. kategreen

    kategreen Just Hatched

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    hi!
    i'm not exactly new here, having lurked for a long time, learning a whole lot from BYC on the whole and also enjoying this forum as a way to learn about sexing and breeds.

    i have a RIR who has set up alarm bells from the start, quick comb development and general cockerel behavior: protection, bossy behavior. his legs are thicker than the others. i noticed with some of the other RIRs from the southern states i got him from also had early combs, so i tried not to think about it too much. however, he's sorta old enough for me to ask here (finally!).

    thoughts?

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  2. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty sure that's a cockerel. My RIR cockerels normally have bigger combs than that at 4 weeks old but from your description of his temperament etc I'm thinking cockerel.
    Cockerels often have much thicker legs at an early age, too (like you said).

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  3. kategreen

    kategreen Just Hatched

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    i'll just pin my hopes on your thought that his comb is smaller than it should be for a cockerel! there's still hope. [​IMG]

    and i'd say his bossy behavior has lessened a good bit, though i did see him jump out and protect a couple others from my hen, who's not their mother but doesn't mind hanging around them when they're out to play. mostly, he's one of my more skittish chicks.
     
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I think there is hope of it being a pullet, be sure to update us as it grows!
     
  5. kategreen

    kategreen Just Hatched

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    will do! thanks for having a look.
     

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