Roo or pullet??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Kwalz07, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Kwalz07

    Kwalz07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone, I am new to raising chickens. We got our 1st chickens In October..said all were hens but now we are not sure how accurate it is. Sunday we noticed a rust color one (which we were told was tetra tint) crowed twice! Then this morning was crowing early around 530 and then at 730 as I opened the coop. I've seen that hens can crow but was just looking for other more experienced opinions all of this. Thanks in advance[​IMG] 14 weeks
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    At 14 weeks, a crowing bird is male. Older, dominant hens can crow, or older hens with hormonal issues. Not young girls. Plus, the larger comb and wattles, and the patchy shading of colors say male.

    Everyone else is female, though, so that's a good thing!
     
  3. Kwalz07

    Kwalz07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright thanks so much for the help! We were thinking same thing but always nice to hear from the more experienced chicken owners :) I'm glad rest are female! Is the standard ratio 1:10 for roos to pullets?
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, 1 rooster to 10 hens is usually a good ratio. Sometimes, you can get away with having less hens, if you have a gentle rooster. Other times, you need even more hens per rooster to prevent overmating.
     
  5. Kwalz07

    Kwalz07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok perfect! He is a really great bird so far..let's us pet and hold him and really shows no real aggression as of yet. Just noticed him ruffling his neck feathers and standing tall to the new and younger EE that we have added to the flock. A few pecks to the newcomers but nothing serious. Looks like we will try to add some more females come spring and hoping to have some of our girls be me mom's :)
     
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  7. BantamLover21

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    Crowing bird is male, the others are pullets. He should be fine with the pullets that you have/will get; some roosters are rough, but I've never had any that damaged even a small number of hens. I'm glad he's a good bird so far, hopefully he stays that way. Roosters can be very enjoyable to have.
     
  8. jwalz

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    Ut oh my wife found her way to the forum. Watch out everyone. Lol... Thanks for all the help everyone

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