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  1. Dr.GarryTTucker

    Dr.GarryTTucker Songster

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    So... I culled 3 cockerels today. Hey hey, Mr. Burns, and Quasimodo. Bet you can’t figured out which one I named. (We will be eating hey hey and mr burns Monday)

    The story is I bought a straight run for my wife and turned out to be 50/50 hens to roosters. I Recently bought 26 more chickens, 20 of them “C Monsters” the other six to replace the roosters with pullers.

    I’m being very picky on looks and behavior. I’d like some opinions on the last two. Which one looks more like a Rhode Island Red? The behavior I’ll have to decide. But I need some help with looks

    If you have a name for the last one post it too!
     

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  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    I like left the most,Their colors are not too different,but left looks a bit thicker and in general looks better to me.
     
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  3. Dr.GarryTTucker

    Dr.GarryTTucker Songster

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    So the sadest thing happened. Tonight the one on the left kept looking and looking for the other three. He would call and keep going in and out of the coop calling for them.... sad day
     
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  4. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    I hate seeing that. Saw the same behavior from my Cornish cross pullet after I was forced to rehome most of my flock
     
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    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    I agree about the cockerel on the left. Heavier, wider, and more chest is better. Smaller and narrow isn't good.
    He'll be happy about the new pullets!
    Mary
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Wondering if the left one just has a really stuffed crop?
     
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    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    It is difficult to be sure from a couple of snapshots.
    I weigh mine, and observe them, and reread the breed standard. Temperment first!!!
    From the photos here, wider and deeper means that cockerel on the left.
    Mary
     
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    I liked the second picture, with the rooster slightly bent down. One leg is curled, but I am assuming it is ok. However when deciding this, you really need to put your hands on them. Feathers can hide a lot.

    Check the feet, legs, they need to be straight, toes straight, and the spur should be in the correct position. Using your hands, measure the distance between the wings. Weigh the birds. Also might be too late, but when did they reach maturity. Again using your hands, check the development of the breast.

    Closely examine the beak, it needs to be straight, and check the width of the head and the placement of the comb.

    ^^above advice is good about checking the standards. Faults have a tendency to be passed on and magnified over time....much more so than strengths?

    Mrs K
     
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  9. Dr.GarryTTucker

    Dr.GarryTTucker Songster

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    So after a couple of days the one on the right, the bigger one, started doing the courtship dance around me when I was going out to feed them. Looks like he is becoming gumbo this weekend. I was told he would always see me as another rooster trying to take his girls. So lefty is the one we are gonna keep. He is smaller but as of now he is more gentle with the girls. Doesn’t chase them hard. Just a little. Not like poncho. So it looks like the federales will get him this time.
     
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    Dr.GarryTTucker Songster

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    Sorry poncho is on the left. Lefty is the skinnier one. Poncho only lefts him eat when poncho wants him to
     

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