rooster babies.. early signs? lol

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Charrisse, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Charrisse

    Charrisse Out Of The Brooder

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    My little girls and maybe a guy or two are 15 days old now. I'm wondering what are some early signs of rooster-Dom. Lol! I think I have a few roos, or possibly just some butch females :) lol
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Well usually roosters are the cry babies of the flock when they are chicks, I noticed our roosters have lighter eyes than the hens (if they are the same breed) So yep look for those.
     
  3. featheredroots

    featheredroots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now I'm scared! When we got our chicks, last week, my daughter told me that one of the Australorps looked like it had blue eyes. I didn't think much of it until yesterday when that same one rushed the side of the brooder and stared my Jack Russell dead in the face!

    We ended up with 2 roos last year(got them straight run from a local breeder), and this one walks with a strut, and it's head is always up and looking around, just like the first 2 boys. These babies came from MPC and were supposed to be pullets, but I'm aware that it's only a 90% accuracy rate. If it's the only roo, I may try to keep it, but I'm hoping it's just a dominant hen. I guess only time will tell.
     
  4. The Old Whittler

    The Old Whittler Out Of The Brooder

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    Last summer I ordered 10 female RIR chicks and 1 male RIR chick. When they came in I received a total of 13 chicks. They sent 2 extra chicks and I'm sure they wanted to make sure I got what I ordered. At about 2 weeks old when they had started to feather out I picked out two that I thought were roosters and sure enough I was right. The little roosters tail feathers were a bit longer and stood more upright than the hens did. Maybe it was just a lucky guess but it seemed to work that way with this bunch of chicks.
     
  5. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experience is that sometimes the Roosters are friendlier as young chicks. We had a White Leghorn chick a couple of years ago that was the friendliest bird of the about 20 that were in the brooder. Turned out to be a rooster.
     

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