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Roo or not

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ocpoolguy, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. ocpoolguy

    ocpoolguy Out Of The Brooder

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    We got six chicks as a family project. They are 18 weeks now. When we got them we were told they were sexed and 95% chance all hens. Today one of them Easter egger was Struting and making a louder that normal rrrrrrrbalk sound repeatedly. I sushed her/him within five minutes it started again. At that time they were free ranging in our subdivision back yard. I moved them into the run about 6x15 feet and heshe stoped. Is it time to take that bird out of the flock before there is a cocidoodle doo. I don't want any complaints from neighbors.
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  2. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pics would help [​IMG]
    18 weeks he should be crowing already! maybe its a hen getting ready to lay her first egg?
     
  3. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could be an egg song? Hen ,thing. if it is a roo and you keep him in until about 10am you may not have trouble, that is what I am going to do whit the cockerel I got in my last batch. .
     
  4. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Prob not a crow, the first ones sound like they are choking on something, and it definelty follows a er er er a er pattern, only it's more like awck awack uck
     
  5. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:does that really work--keeping them in the coop till later in the morning? One of mine looks to be turning out to be a roo, I am in denial cause I don't want to have to give him up. There has been no crowing yet, they are 9 weeks today.
     
  6. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lorain's fids :

    Quote:does that really work--keeping them in the coop till later in the morning? One of mine looks to be turning out to be a roo, I am in denial cause I don't want to have to give him up. There has been no crowing yet, they are 9 weeks today.

    Doesn't work for me...they just sound a bit muffled as they crow [​IMG] But my coop lets light in through the windows...​
     
  7. djennings

    djennings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that all of my RIR hens make a whole lot of noise before they lay an egg. Probably singing the egg song.
     
  8. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    At 18 weeks, I'd think it would be obvious to an experienced eye whether you have a pullet or cockerel. Post a photo and I'm sure you'll get your answer.
     
  9. ocpoolguy

    ocpoolguy Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks for the info Im feelin better now will post some pics.
     
  10. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if a roo would start crowing so late. One of my boys started trying to crow between 5 - 6 weeks and another one is trying now at just after 8 weeks.

    Edited to add: I'm trying to figure out how to keep at least one of mine also. [​IMG]
     
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