What do you think? Roo?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by scrapnfool, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. scrapnfool

    scrapnfool Out Of The Brooder

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    The first ten chicks I got were straight run and we simply took our chances. I think now I have at least 4 Roos. What do you think? The four in the picture are the ones I'm suspicious of. Can't believe I got them all in one picture.

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  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    how old are they and straight run of what breed :)
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    That center one certainly holds himself like a roo?
     
  4. Giddyup

    Giddyup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What age do bumps start showing for spurs?
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Knowing the age would help in making a decision. I'm guessing the are around 5 wks. old, is that right? I am also going to agree that they look like cockerels. Their combs are pretty tall and with straight run, that is not surprising. When you buy straight run, the majority of what you will get are going to be cockerels.
     
  6. realmofthewoodsranch

    realmofthewoodsranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Says on her page that they are RIRs and Buff Orps.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Spur bumps aren't really a good indicator. Some pullets have spur bumps too and some cockerels are slow to develop theirs. My roo is a year old and still only has a little over 1/4" spurs.

    I definitely think the two in the forefront of the pic are boys, thinking maybe on the two in the back.
    How old are they?
     
  8. scrapnfool

    scrapnfool Out Of The Brooder

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    As for the age, they are 4 1/2 weeks old. And yes, they are RIR and Buffs. Thanks for the responses so far. I haven't noticed or paid any attention to spurs. I'll check it out though.
     
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I've never been able to sex my chicks by checking for spurs. It is not an accurate way to tell. The combs growing larger and getting some orange/red to them is the best indicator of all. [​IMG]

    At just 4 1/2 wks. old and their combs are looking like that, I'd say all 4 are cockerels being 99% sure about it.
     
  10. joegwendolyn

    joegwendolyn Out Of The Brooder

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    are the others combs pink like these four, because thats how i can tell with mine i have 3 buff orpingtons and one is defiantly a roo and there only 4 weeks old, the hens have no colour in the comb and the roo is the pink colour hope this helps it would be good to compare them with the others
     

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