Sure Sign of a Rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by david00580, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. david00580

    david00580 New Egg

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    Hey yall, I am new at this and im not a 100% sure how to tell if my "pullet" is a rooster. We got her from our feed store where they said they were all pullets but she has a darker larger comb then they other girls. We have 3 that might be roosters but not sure, I know some one is crowing, just not sure who. Its too upseting to give them away because they are my babies. I just need some help to find out whats a sure sign of a rooster, so i can save some heartach. Thanks a bunch !!!!
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    The best way to tell roos is.... post pics. There are BYC roo experts around here. [​IMG]
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pictures would definitely be helpful!

    The crowing is a pretty good sign - though not foolproof.

    You didn't say how old they are, but it sounds like they're close to 20 weeks? You will probably be able to tell a lot from the hackle feathers and saddle feathers. On a roo, they'll be pointy.

    How soon did your "pullet's" comb become large and red?

    Again, pictures, would be great!
     
  4. david00580

    david00580 New Egg

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    Thanks yall, I will get pictures post tomorrow of them. The standard RIR that I was told was a pullet that I have the most questions about is 19 weeks today and she developed her reddness about maybe 3 weeks ago when the other girls like her are a little red but not like her.
     
  5. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Check the tail to see if the top tail feather is longer, & bends down over the other feathers.
     

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