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post #711 of 1037 Old 08-05-2013, 03:11 PM
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That one's kinda tricky, egrogan. The head says pullet but the back end (tail feathers popping up and longer feathers hanging down just by the base of the tail) says rooster. Do you notice any extra development of the 'nubs' on the legs - if so, a stronger case for a rooster.
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That one's kinda tricky, egrogan. The head says pullet but the back end (tail feathers popping up and longer feathers hanging down just by the base of the tail) says rooster.

Maybe it's a hermaphrodite?

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Maybe it's a hermaphrodite?

I thought that too but didn't want to say anything in case it traumatized egrogan.
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I thought that too but didn't want to say anything in case it traumatized egrogan.
Ha! Not traumatized at all, as I think that would mean the "baby making parts" wouldn't work, which is really my preference.

Seriously though, I don't know that I'd want to keep a roo. I have the room for it and neighbors aren't an issue, but I don't want a roo that would beat up on the girls, and I don't have a desire to hatch chicks- I'm at capacity right now.

I suppose time will tell. Thanks for weighing in though!
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And Speed Racer- I LOVE your new avatar. I just took my fat kitty to the vet last week, and he weighed in at 20.2 lbs. Vet is VERY upset with me, and told me we need to cut his food by 60-70%. Obviously this vet is not a man who owns a cat.

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I think that barred bird is a pullet. And if she's not laying yet, should should be soon...
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If 'it' does turn out to be a rooster, egrogan, it probably won't be that hard on the hens. You're letting them free range and, as I recall, you're up to around 6 or 8 hens, maybe, so you've set up an environment that has space, low key stress and an abundance of females - in other words a harmonious flock. If you collect the eggs everyday, you won't have to worry about chicks (just watch out should the sneaksters lay in a hidden spot when they're out and about).
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And Speed Racer- I LOVE your new avatar. I just took my fat kitty to the vet last week, and he weighed in at 20.2 lbs. Vet is VERY upset with me, and told me we need to cut his food by 60-70%. Obviously this vet is not a man who owns a cat.
I feel your cat's pain. I bought a pedometer to see just how much walking I actually do, and I clocked over 7 miles this past weekend. I guess if I was truly sedentary, I'd be as big as a blue whale instead of just the size of a beef cow.
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I think that barred bird is a pullet. And if she's not laying yet, should should be soon...
Texas, the black & white barred rock is about 1.5 years old now, and an excellent layer. I just threw in a picture of her because I love how much she enjoys striking a pose while sunbathing
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My RIR is definitely in charge of the flock. It's so funny to see the other girls look to her for "permission" - when to eat, when to go out, etc. The pecking order is alive and well in my yard. As silly as it sounds, having chickens and watching their flock dynamics has actually taught me a lot that extrapolates to horses and watching them in the herd.

Funny you say this. I found out very early that natural horsemanship techniques worked on chickens too.
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