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swapping at 9 weeks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TLWR, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 chicks, a lavender orpington (Prada) and a gold laced cochin (Fendi). Best guess by breeder was they were both girls when I got them at a couple of days old.
    The LO, still not positive one way or the other - breeder says pullet.
    The cochin, I thought was a boy and at around 5-6 weeks old, comb/wattles were strong indicators to me it was a boy. Sent pics to the breeder and she was confident it was a girl.

    Well, Fendi is having some gender identity issues. I walked up on the deck (they are in a dane sized kennel on the patio at night) this morning after letting the ducks and chickens out and heard a very strange sound and look at see that it was coming from Fendi. Ok, first try at crowing. Later in the morning, he gave it another try. So I'm now positive I have a little roo :(


    I have a few options.
    1 - keep Fendi until I know for sure that Prada is a pullet or roo (ie - she lays an egg or starts crowing too)
    1a - return Fendi to breeder and swap out for pullet if Prada is a girl
    1b - return both Fendi and Prada (if a boy) to the breeder and try again next year
    2 - bring Fendi back now to swap for a pullet and hope Prada is a girl
    3 - keep Fendi until they are fully integrated into the flock and then return him

    We have no desire for a rooster. If he promises to be quiet and respectful, he can stay, but that isn't likely (the quiet bit at least).



    I know you shouldn't mix new birds, but since new bird would come from the same breeder as these guys did, is that an issue at 9 weeks without segregating?
    Right now, the Fendi and Prada are in a pen in the yard so everybody can see everybody. I am outside when they are out of the pen to keep one of the 4 month old chickens from chasing them. Otherwise, everybody else seems to leave them alone. If I replace Fendi now and assume (yeah yeah, I know what they say) that Prada is a girl, how would that work with just Prada and the new chick of the same size/age?
     
  2. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe it could work...the ages could possibly work.
    Ours are 10wks tomorrow and our BCM has a chance of being a roo & I have several options as well:/
    (Cull, trade or rehome--)
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Have you posted pics of the Orpington? At 10 weeks we can probably give you a pretty good idea of gender
     
  4. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chick that we are curious about is BCM and I'll post pictures tomorrow. Do you know how I can trade or rehome? I'd hate to cull one so young (this is my first flock)
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I actually have folks who have contacted me looking for a BCM cockerel. So, they can have a chance of finding homes. I use Craigslist as my advertising of choice. Other folks use FaceBook, or fliers at the feed store, or contact local 4-H groups, etc. For a cockerel, I'd ask a very minimal fee or simply give him away if you're more concerned about him finding a good home.

    Take your time, write up a cute ad, get some good pics and see what happens. If it's a cockerel, that is. If it's a pullet, you're all good [​IMG]
     
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  6. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for your response. We decided to keep the handsome fella♡ he's amazing with the girls and very protective (when we take one of them away to play with them, he actually stands tall and 'says' hey!bring her back mama I'm missing one!!!). The little ones-4 10wk olds- were in smaller coop and he went around them and looked right at me saying ahh mama I have 4 more girls to look after!!
     

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