Roo or Pullet and 1 other question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by twinmama+1, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. twinmama+1

    twinmama+1 New Egg

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    Just got our first 6 chicks about 3 weeks ago. We got 2 RIR that the lady we bought them from accidently ordered as straight run. The first night home we were thinking that one of them was a roo just because of the way it was strutting around the box and standing up taller than all the others. It also feels heavier than the rest now and has a much bigger comb and wattles.

    Here's a pic of the one we think is a roo:
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    And here's the other RIR for comparison:
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    WDYT? Is the first one a roo, or is it too soon to tell?


    Also, when we bought the chicks they were all the same size, but our silver leghorn is now about half the size of the rest of them. Does this have something to do with her breed, or would there be some other reason for her small size?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. tim_TX

    tim_TX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say thats probably a roo, but even pullets of the same age develop their comb and wattles at different rates. How old were they when you received them? Also, a photo of the back and wings would help in identifying the sex. RIR roo's backs have a more course/rough feathering than the pullets do prior to being completely feathered out in their teen feathers, if that makes sense,
     
  3. twinmama+1

    twinmama+1 New Egg

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    They were a week old when we got them.

    It's not the best pic, but here's the back of the one we think is a roo:
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    And a side shot for good measure:
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    And here's the other RIR's back:
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  4. wolfbaine30

    wolfbaine30 Crazy Rooster

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    Looks like a few of the RIR we hatched off a few months ago.Very beautiful birds and very,very friendly. Good luck with your babies. And the one you think is a roo looks like our boys at that age.
     
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  5. DancesWithChickens

    DancesWithChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, i don't know as i am new to this also. We bought 6 RIR's too and today as i was putting them back in there pen after i had cleaned it, i noticed that one had a larger comb than the rest. I hope someone knows so i will know too.[​IMG]
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I believe the chick in your first pic is a cockerel, the second pic is a pullet.
     
  7. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first looks like it is definitely a male. And males feather out slower than the girls.
     
  8. Chicktastic

    Chicktastic Out Of The Brooder

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    I put my vote in for a roo too.
     
  9. OldMORoo

    OldMORoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Only have 8 RIR's that are about 10 wks. old now. Some of my pullets have large to small combs and wattels as yours. But #1 has some big old hams on him. [​IMG] Me thinks, roo and hen.
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  10. mightieskeeper

    mightieskeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 5 BO pullets and I have one that has comb and wattle and they are 4 weeks old monday. It looks just like that.
     

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