Rooster questions!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by birdbrain5, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2010
    Im not sure how old my chickens are bc i got them at an auction. I do know they are young, my 3 RIR are definetly not full grown. My cochins are young too I believe, but I think they are bantams rather than standard. Anyhow, Im pretty positive one of my cochins is a roo, but my reds i cant tell. I was told they were all hens, but when I got them home I saw written on thier box "2 roosters, 1 hen". Dont know bc they are small. Does anyone know how long it will take before I can tell for sure, or actually- does anyone have any pictures of thier adolesant RIR, roosters and hens, so I can get an idea. How old will a rooster be before he starts crowing? Thanks
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2010
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    My RIR was obviously a rooster at 6 weeks and started crowing at 10 weeks . Compare them to each other. The comb and wattles on mine grew very quickly and were dark red from the beginning. The pullets had a pale pink face/comb. The red coloring was what clued me in.

    Sorry I can't post any pictures of Tetrazzini, my RIR cockerel. I misplaced my camera that has shots of him on it.
  3. Ironmaiden

    Ironmaiden Chicken Maiden

    Jun 14, 2010
    I could definately tell on my RIR around the 5-6 week mark. Their combs are bigger and redder. My big boy RIR hasn't crowed in front of me yet! He's 18 weeks, but not the dominant roo. I have a little banty Cochin Roo that crows, and he's only 3 weeks. Go figure. I don't have a digital camera...yet... Good luck!

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