Are these Male or Female?

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  1. Chicks1234

    Chicks1234 New Member

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    I bought a few chicks from the local farm store 3 months ago. My kiddo insist that one of those will be a rooster because he thinks he's starting to show a small crown, a flap under the beak, and a red cheek. I have no idea what kind of chicks they are, hence have no way to google their picture. However, judging from most of the rooster pictures I found online, roosters should have way bigger crowns?

    Here are some pictures of the one chick in question. Can anyone help identify the gender?

    Thanks in advance!!
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  2. Sarah1up

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    Mine (also from a farm store) are only a few weeks old and I’m not terribly familiar with chicken breeds yet. I wonder though if they are a red sex link which is common for feed stores. There would definitely not be any roosters. But, if they are Rhode Island Reds, there could be roosters. (I have both breeds and they look a lot alike still.) Anyways, that doesn’t help you much here. A rooster will start to get the get distinctive feathering with darker and pointy hackle and saddle feathers. It’s really hard for me to spot the differences unless it is super obvious and you have a hen and a rooster right next to each other!
     
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  3. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    For me better pics would be better. Like Sarah mentioned seeing the whole bird helps.
     
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  4. Nm156

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    Rooster , way too much comb development for 12 weeks old.
     
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  5. Sylie

    Sylie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    yep, definitely rooster and I would say it's a Rhode Island Red. I may be wrong on that but that's exactly what mine looked like at that age
     
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  6. Chicks1234

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    That makes sense.. I will try to get some pictures of the whole bird tomorrow and post here.
     
  7. Chicks1234

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    Nm156, Sylie, thank you for your responses... We were hoping it won't be roosters as the farm store says it's 90% female with the chicks. Now that both of you think it's a rooster, we're going to have to figure out how to handle a rooster in our coop as we have 3 other egg laying hens. :(
     
  8. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    The scary part is when NM says something, most of the time he's right. Let's hope the pic makes him wrong for once.

    That would be a date to remember.
     
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  9. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    How many birds do you have?

    If you can have a rooster they'll add a lot to the entertainment factor.
     
  10. Chicks1234

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    We have a total of 4 birds now. I don't mind to have an extra 1 or 2, but anymore than that, it gets too crowded for them. Plus... I want the eggs... Any idea what I can do if it's really a rooster? Like... separate coop or something like that?
     
  11. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    No, unless he over breeds them he can live with them quite easily. Roosters are guardians for the girls, shares the good things he finds with them, and entertains the humans with some of goofy moves.

    What might happen though has more to do with his young age, you might have to remove him for a time while he matures more. Young roosters have hormones raging and can be quite a nuisance and aggravation to the girls until he matures more.
     
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  12. Sarah1up

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    Good info to keep in mind.
     
  13. Chicks1234

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    Oh, that is SO good to know!! So roosters won't automatically breed with the hens just because they are housed in the same space? We have guinea pigs and bunnies that need separate cages for boys and girls.... so I automatically assume that chickens are the same.

    Then how do I know if any of the eggs are fertilized? I wouldn't want to eat any eggs that could become little chicks.
     
  14. Sarah1up

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    So, the rooster will mate with the hens and fertilize the eggs. Unless the hen goes broody (which was bred out of a lot of egg production breeds) she won’t hatch out the chicks. You can take out the eggs and giver her ceramic eggs to sit on so nothing hatches. If she hasn’t been sitting on the eggs, there will be no chick development. I’ve heard some strict vegetarians feel that way about fertilized eggs but I don’t see it as a big deal personally and I’ve never been able to see a difference in taste or anything.
     
  15. robin416

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    They will breed the hens. The only time it is a true problem is if he over breeds them which young roosters have a tendency to do. That's when they need to be removed until they mature a bit.

    Or if you're lucky enough to have a hen like I did you could sic her on him for being less than a gentleman. I had one young male that would charge the females and scare the feathers off them. Then he wouldn't leave them alone.

    I had this one hen. Knew who she was and didn't brook any bad behavior. I put her in with him, he charged her and she went after him. Pounded him in to the shavings then chased him into a corner. Everytime he thought the coast was clear he'd charge her again and she'd repeat the last lesson. Once she was done with him he learned aggressive breeding was not accepted.
     
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  16. Chicks1234

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    2020-05-19 08.37.22.jpg 2020-05-19 08.37.27.jpg 2020-05-19 08.38.18.jpg 2020-05-19 08.38.33.jpg icic....

    here are a few more pictures of this bird - just in case...
     
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  17. Chicks1234

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    2020-05-19 08.39.29.jpg so... I have also this other chicken. It doesn't have any crown, but maybe this type doesn't have much crowns? It looks huge compared to the other chickens of the same age. Any chance I have another rooster in the house...?

    Unfortunately I don't have any old hens yet. This is our first batch of chickens ever.

    Does rooster really crows loudly every morning? Got to make sure my neighbors are cool with it...
     
  18. robin416

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    Love that last pic. Entitle it, "what are you looking at?"

    Yeah, it looks like the bunch are right. You have yourself a boy.
     
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  19. robin416

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    I'm still learning about EE's so I'll leave it alone and let the others tell you. The fact it's comb (crown) is still pale could be a good sign it's female.

    Oh yeah, they crow. My neighbor's one remaining game bird is a rooster, he starts his morning off everyday over here waiting on me to let the Guineas out. He's usually in competition with some roosters down the road by 5 or 5:30 in the morning.
     
  20. Chicks1234

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    Thank you all!! You all have been so helpful!!