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Rooster.... or not.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by capebird, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have what I think is a light Brahma chicken that was hatched in our coop from a fertilized egg given to us. She was hatched last July, so she's about 4 to 5 months old. She's not laid any eggs yet... and has never given me reason to think it's a rooster...
    until today when I saw her / him trying to mount one of the other hens. We've never heard any rooster type crowing from her and she's kind of a nervous nelly around the other hens, very skittish. She's also very big with really great coloring in her feathers. So..... after my rambling on here.... my question is, how long does it take for the characteristics of a rooster to show themselves. If this chicken is a rooster, should I know by now?
    Thanks
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's someone on BYC selling Brahma roosters. Does yours look similar to any of these?

    Arrrggghhh. Just noticed I didn't paste the link...
     
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  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't know about that breed but I know there are some that are late to develop gender traits. Even within specific breeds, some simply develop faster than others. I have also heard of female birds acting like roos if no males are around. Lots of posibilities. A picture might help.
     
  4. cknkids

    cknkids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We re-homed our light Brahma chicks at 12 weeks. I was trying to deny that they were he's but was pretty apparent. post some picks so we can see them.
     
  5. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the replies. I'll get a picture tomorrow and post it.
     
  6. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I have a pullet that gets on the back of my silkie pullet and grabs hold of her feathers much like a roo would do, the difference is that she is there to simply peck the heck out of the silky and a rooster by contrast would be tucking its male part under the pullet's tail area to fertilize her. So climbing on the back not necessarily a boy trait. But the fertilizing part is definitely male in nature. So you can sometimes tell by that action.

    My 20 week old Blue Splash Maran cockerel just started crowing last week and still is merely tapping at the girls with a claw whenever he can get near enough to them. He's not nearly as aggressive as some of my previous roosters had been. I knew he was a he long before the crow. The overly large red comb and really big legs/body were the clues.
     
  7. capebird

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  8. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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  9. cknkids

    cknkids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry Rooster. In the pictures you posted you can see the saddle feathers, long pointed feathers dripping down around the tail on the Lt Brahma. If you compare it to the other bird you can see how the feathers around the tail are rounded on the hen.
     
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