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 Post subject: betty or bob?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:41 pm 
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Hi
Can anybody help me figure out what sort of chicken this is Im very new to chickens and have had betty/bob for a month now. I am hoping its a female but has made a bit of a crowing noise the last couple of days omg i ended up with it from a school hatching thingy,,long story lol She/he lives in our back yard with no other chickens and no eggs yet but i know shes young as she has grown heaps the last month
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 Post subject: Re: betty or bob?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:13 pm 
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i think betty, about to lay or laying somewhere secret. hens can crow if they don't have companions (chickens are a flock animal, not intended for solo living) or sometimes if they are the dominant hen in a flock. if you only have one, perhaps 3 or 4 more could be bought?


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Definately Bob. Looks like and ISA Brown cockerel.


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Bob..no doubt

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Definately BOB!


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yep bob, comb and wattle development and posture.

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but has made a bit of a crowing noise the last couple of days


He will get better at crowing with a bit more practice! :P


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 Post subject: Re: betty or bob?
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Linda if you are in town I think you had best start making plans for what you are going to do about crowing in the wee hours of the morning. Most council areas have a ban on roosters in residential areas.

It might be worth your while doing a search on here for how to make a night box if you plan on keeping him.


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 Post subject: Re: betty or bob?
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Thankyou all so much for your replys I think :(
I only really ONLY want to read Blacks that one suits me better lol as I really like this little girl err dont want to accept the odds that betty is a bob :aaargh:
what can i do?
I live in the burbs nsw central coast would chicken farms take my butch betty and I could buy a female and kinda swap as I think I could easily take to being a chickens friend thats lives in my backyard :biggrin:
seriously i think im already addicted to owning a couple of chickens!
but gay betty being my1st I want the imposible of finding the best outcome for her
Thanks for any advise
Linda


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It is very unlikelly that a chicken farm would want him as he is a cross breed. Your best bet (if you don't want him eaten) is to try and find someone out of town who just wants a rooster for his flock without caring if it is a pure breed bird. Life is tough for boys in the chook world, and even tougher on cross breed boys. I am sorry - it is really hard to get attached to a chick and then find you can't keep him.

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 Post subject: Re: betty or bob?
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and i looked so closely for sickle or saddle feathers! do they develop more slowly on some breeds? or is it that the comb and wattle development is so much faster??


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The pointed saddle and hackles tend to grow later than the other charactistics like bigger wattles and comb, colour of comb and wattles and crowing. I'm afraid the crowing attempt is a dead giveaway!

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thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: betty or bob?
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cackles he did improve with his crowing god love him but i am so happy i found a home 4 bob he is a isa brown approx 14wks
his hormones were defo kicking in as he been chasing my small dog all the time he was very bossyandjumped on top of him to peck was funny though but i could see it would get worse for ralph(dog) and the crowing wasnt acceptible lol
this lil learning curb has taught me a lot
thankyou to all that replyed :biggrin:
I have no doubt Ill be back here showing off my 1st egg just have to educate myself on backyard chickens!
meanwhile i will be studying up about chickens :geek:
Thank you again I wish it was blacks post :geek: outcome but hey it had a fab outcome for bob ps there were lots of girls where he went :D


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