Speckled Sussex roos get all handsome?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Carpe DiHen, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a speckled sussex pullet I suspect is a roo (kind of a split vote on BYC). "She" did crow this week at 10 weeks of age.

    -When would I see all the roo size and traits fill in and turn gorgeous? Does it take a year?

    -"s/he is very sweet, will this change with age and when?

    I have two roos if this one is a roo. I have to decide to re-home between my EE and the SS. I love the look of SS roos and I just want to know when I will see all the colors and when I can tell if he will be a sweet roo.

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  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    I do vote roo.....I don't see all the blues that I see on my boy, but maybe those feathers are yet to come in!

    Love my spec sussex, etc., etc.,

    Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed day. Nancy
     
  3. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to say that he/she looks like a rooster, but he/she also looks hen-ish too...... Like I said before, I don't envy you! Good luck!
    PS- If I had to go with one or the other based on sex, I'd say he is a boy.
     
  4. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems like a roo. His comb seems improper, but maybe it will improve with age.

    Are you planning to incubate eggs to get chicks? If so, would you rather have one or the other boy as the dad?

    If not, I would pick the one that is sweetest to people and best provider/protector of the girls. At our house, that is the Speckled Sussex Rooster Arthur.
     
  5. Ang

    Ang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks more hen-ish to me. My only speckled sussex roo was awful and he went to freezer camp. He attacked everyone. He was beautiful though.
     
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Definately a roo....pointed saddle feathers and if he is ten weeks of age, his comb is redder than normal. That tells me that much LOL!
     
  7. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me how long it takes for all the roo traits to fully express? 6 months? A year? When are they fully rooish? [​IMG]

    Do you have to wait for after the first molt?
     
  8. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    It is a roo for sure, I raise SS and pullets hardly ever get that big of a comb, but speaking of his comb, it does look terrible and kinda mangled and wavy and definitly not something to breed for, but he does have nice body size for that age.

    And yes, at 6-7 mos old is when he will get all his color arranged and get the real pattern, but he will probably keep blooming out until he is about a year old and then he would reach his adult weight and size.

    Here are a few pics of mine.

    Here is a young pair
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    This is a young roo around 7-8 mos old, he has all his colors but still grew out a lot later on.
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    Here is a fully filled out year and a half old roo, I think he had just molted when this pic was taken.
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    Here are some of my hens
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  9. silkieroo

    silkieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW RAREROO... Those are some pretty birds!
     
  10. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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