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 Post subject: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 2:36 pm 
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This chook turned up in our yard today. I have no idea where it came from. Especially as we live in town. I think it might be a roo (saddle feathers) and it looks like it has scaly legs.
Can anyone help me with breed and sex?

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 4:05 pm 
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I thought it looked like a hen :? Couldnt even have a guess at the breed, colours look nice though :)


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 5:30 pm 
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For once I agree with Michelle.She seems old in the legs

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 5:51 pm 
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Hi all,

I reckon it is a rooster lok at those pointy sickle feathers.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 6:36 pm 
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It could be a young cockerel of a random backyard crossbreed; the saddle feathers do look rooster but if it were old, I'm sure it'd be crowing by now. If, however, it were young but with scaly leg, that could explain any lack of big curly feathers in the tail and neck.

Failing that, me being ignorant, are there breeds where the hen has nice pointy saddle feathers??

Whether you plan to keep it or not, put it into quarantine - strictly away from your existing chooks. If you're keeping it, you'll want to treat the legs, worm it, and build up its health until it's strong enough to cope with being a single new chook introduced to an existing flock ...


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 7:15 pm 
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I would think definite ckl.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:34 pm 
it looks like a hen to me, but then there are those saddle feathers. it does not look really happy. maybe it is a very old hen looking for a home, with some TLC and a good reliable food supply to pass her final days.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 8:03 pm 
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The bird looks to be a rooster from the saddle feather and sicles, may be old or sick.
If you wish to keep it, catch and segregate from your own birds just in case it is sick
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 7:00 pm 
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Thanks you for all your replies. There is still no sign of crowing, so fingers crossed it's a she. In that photo it was looking very sad - I think it ate too much. The poor thing was starving and just ate and ate and ate. It weighs nothing and all its bones are sticking out. But, it has since perked up (and been wormed) and doing happy chook things.

It makes lots of clucking noises, like a hen, do roosters cluck? (I have never owned one so have no idea the noises they make apart from the obvious crowing :oops: )
Its a sweet little thing that is happy to cuddle and put up with my children, :D

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:05 pm 
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Roosters can be just as chatty as hens, definitely, although I've only heard mine in conjunction with hens, when they have very distinctive sounds.

Roosters tend to be making strangled crowing noises by 12 weeks or so; it can be pushed back to even 20 weeks if they're less dominant in a larger pen and/or have been unwell (certainly the case with mine!!).

If it's not crowing in a couple of weeks, then it looks like you've got yourself an interesting cross-breed hen! It's unlikely to start laying before spring, what with being run down and it being winter, when hens go off the lay anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 10:07 pm 
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It may be quiet because it is unwell. I would keep it quarantined from both other chooks and humans until it returns to full health!

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 2:32 am 
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one of my roos didn't start to crow until he was a couple of weeks shy of being a year old. i know he wasn't crowing in secret as i'm usually either in the yard with them, in one of my studios next to chook area, or in the house with windows open. each roo has a different voice, so i know he wasn't one of them crowing. yes roosters do make a clucky noise. when they find something (usually food stuff) on the ground, they make a clucky noise raise their heads up and down in a semi fast motion, "pointing" out the goods they have found to the hens. he's saying "look, look what i've found, come here and check it out" or " hey girls, good food here, come on over". hens do not generally display this behavior unless, they have babies they are teaching how to eat.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 11:08 am 
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I love it when the roosters and hens with chicks do that 'bok bok bok' 'come and look at this food here' noise - sometimes they even peck the food up then put it back down again for the hens or chicks - how selfless is that to give away the best food?


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery chook
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 11:19 am 
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Fee wrote:
I love it when the roosters and hens with chicks do that 'bok bok bok' 'come and look at this food here' noise - sometimes they even peck the food up then put it back down again for the hens or chicks - how selfless is that to give away the best food?



i know, i spend hours watching them, (that's why nothing gets done around here :rofl: ). i also love it when mommy holds the food in her beak and the littles actually take it out of her mouth, then as they get bigger, she bok, boks holds the food higher, and the littles actually have a jumping contest to see which one gets it first.

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