Roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AmyWho, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. AmyWho

    AmyWho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred rock. 3 months and 21 days old.
    Those tail feathers make me think roo, but that comb is small and lighter than most BRs I've seen of the same age.
    It's a flighty little bird, but not mean.
    I assume it's too early to see any spur development, but I included a pretty pixelated closeup of the tiny leg bump in case it'll help.

    I'll be happy to answer any questions to help sort this out.
    What say you, byc?

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  2. That tail says rooster but the comb doesn't. I am not sure, but the tail is certainly suspicious!
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    x2 Except I'm leaning towards a pullet :)
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm thinking rooster. I don't know why the comb is so small, but those saddle feathers coming in and the sickle feathers in the tail.....plus, at this age he's got that gawky/gangly cockerel look.
     
  5. AmyWho

    AmyWho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree to an extent, but the first picture is kind of deceiving for that because it was running. In the second picture where it's just walking you can see it's kinda squatty like the rest of my girls.
     
  6. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm feeling like this one is a pullet. At 15 weeks a BR cockerel should be obvious, and isn't this bird too dark to be male?

    OP, catch the bird and look very carefully just in front of the tail and on the neck for any sign of long, skinny saddle and hackle feathers coming in. It's a little early for them, but you might be able to feel the pin feathers under the other feathers. Spur development means nothing--pullets also have spur buds, and often spurs on males don't develop until they're over a year old.
     
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  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    100% all Girl :)

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    The comb would be a dead give away at this age.
     
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  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Are the feathers on its tail pointed? And are there any narrow, pointed feathers beginning to grow from its back (its difficult to tell from the photos, especially in barred birds)? If so, then its a rooster. But otherwise, the coloring and comb development make me think hen.
     
  9. AmyWho

    AmyWho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few tail feathers are pointed, but the ones on it's back all seem fairly blunt.
     
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

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    Girls can go through an awkward stage with those types of tails as well.
     

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