When is it obvious you've got a rooster?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by silversage03, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. silversage03

    silversage03 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have RIRs, Australorps, and SLWs. The RIRs and SLWs are supposed to be pullets, and the Australorps are straight run. They're between 1.5 and 4 weeks old now. Are there any tell-tale signs that would make it more obvious?
     
  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    When they make this horrible, stangling noise that sounds somewhat like a crow. [​IMG]
    Sometimes you can tell by combs and wattles and feather type and all that, but truthfully, I never believe it until either the chicken crows or pops out an egg. I've had a couple that had me fooled!
     
  3. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Grumpy Hen

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    the minute it crows [​IMG]

    thats when I knew my RIR was a roo, I just thought it was a really pretty hen, oops.

    My first time having chickens [​IMG]
     
  4. cimarron

    cimarron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might have to wait a bit...our australorp "pullet" started making that adorable strangling sound at about 9 weeks. he also had a very pronounced comb and wattles. now he lives on a jesus farm with a bunch of goats. he could have done worse.
     
  5. neversaychick

    neversaychick Out Of The Brooder

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    I am very new at this, but we ordered 20 pullets and 4 roos (RIR). I have 4 chicks without tail feathers at 2 weeks and those four also have lighter colored wings. They are also the ones who like to climb on top of the waterer. I think those are my roos. The biggest clue being no tail feathers where the others have a bunch.
     
  6. silversage03

    silversage03 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Well, this should be an interesting wait! Hopefully I have NO roos, but only time will tell!
     
  7. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is sometimes hard to tell. I usually go by the comb size and the feather growth. They can be tricky though. I have a BLR Wyandotte that is almost a year old and has to be a rooster since it has the pointed feathers near the tail and it has never crowed yet. It acts more like a hen except when it was a chick and bit me. I wonder if he thinks he is a lady.
     
  8. fzouk

    fzouk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting about the lack of tail feathers! Mine are 6 days old and there are a couple that peep with purpose, it's a clearer more ringing kind of cheep. Do you think that might mean something or are they just accidentally hitting a frequency that carries better? I got a straight run because I do want a rooster or two (I have 20 total) but I hope I don't have lots of roosters- I knew that would be a risk when I ordered though!

    Frances
     
  9. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree 100% because that what I was reading just yesterday, I have 26 pullets right now and I am praying not to have any rooster among them.

    Omran
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    With alot of breeds, the secondary sex characteristics start showing themselves at 4 to 6 weeks old. Another clue can be the differences in feathering out, as already noted.
    I used this as my guide and was able to tell my brahma boys from my brahma girls at 5 weeks old:

    According to UC Davis Veterinary Care Program.
    2. Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)
    a. Comb – The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.
    b. Legs – The cockerel’s legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.
    c. Tail – The cockerel’s tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.
    d. Back – The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.
    e. Side of neck, flank and crop – The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.
    f. Wing bows – In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.

    **Keep in mind that I was comparing chicks of the same breed and not apples to oranges, so to speak.
     

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