Thinking cockerel, hoping not.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mirandah11, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Mirandah11

    Mirandah11 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone, This fine chook hatched Aug 21st - so just over 3 months old... got the egg from a yard of many breeds so not sure what breed, either. Your feedback would be most welcome! Thanks in advance! =)
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    With the red coming in on the wings would vote probably cockerel, with the feathered feet and peacomb? part Light Brahma maybe?
     
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  3. Mirandah11

    Mirandah11 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Only ever had rescue girls in our flock before, and decided to let a couple of broody hens have the experience of being mamachooks.... now I think we have three cockerels and three pullets (lost a cockerel and a young pullet and three elder ladies to a hungry fox earlier this week =( ) Can only keep one cockerel, methinks, and that's going to be Pierre de la Terre (see avatar =) So wish this white one (originally named 'Custard') was a pullet.. sigh.

    I think I remember the farmer who gave me the eggs mention that they had Brahma's, Orpingtons and some others that have entirely slipped my mind...
     
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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree, light brahma mix cockerel.
     
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  5. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrat's it's a boy....
     
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  6. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree!
     
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with everyone else--it looks like you have a Light Brahma mix cockerel. He's very pretty!
     
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  8. Gigi1147

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    Yes, I strongly think this is a cockerel. But hes gorgeous!
     
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  9. Mirandah11

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    Sooo, she said, wanting to find an excuse to keep this young chap... do you think two cockerels to 12 hens one cockerel too many? =)
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    The about 8-10 hens per rooster is just a general guideline, I've been OK with 1:6, especially with older roos who are past that horrible teenage stage, just watch how the girls do and be prepared to adjust. Even in high ratios some roosters will pick only one or two hens as favorites so even high numbers doesn't guarantee the rooster will spread the love around. One question is how the two boys will get along. Do you know how your older roo is with other roos? He will probably keep Custard in check at least for awhile until Custard gets old enough to start challenging him. If you like Custard, can you keep him and see how it works and cull him later if two roos become a problem?
     
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