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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:01 pm 
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:hmmm: This chook has me confused as well as herself. I got her and a companion at 3 days old from a stockfeed store and 12 weeks later companion showed lots of bossy cockerel signs and when the cockadoodling started he went to live with a family out west, Im in town so no roosters allowed.
So I picked another 3 day chick up and this one was sexed, she is 2 weeks old and has fitted in with the Bantam beautifully. The Bantam, Pepper, is small and very protective and loving of this little chick. Now she has started crowing! Its not a distinct call like the boy was and she only does it in the morning not the arvo also.
I have put a picture in my file of Pepper, as the gender confused Bantam. Do any of you think you could guide me as to what 'it' is. Im putting her in a downstairs room at night so she doesnt wake the neighbours and thats not an issue as Im happy to put her away at night but I dont want 'it' getting older and bossy to my kids.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:19 pm 
looks a rooster to me.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:54 pm 
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I'm with Ruff...rooster! :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:22 am 
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I'm thinking rooster as well.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:42 am 
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Sorry a male , BUT not too bad :wink: Also if you don't mind me saying your perches are too small in diameter.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:21 pm 
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Have you got a near adult bird in with a small chick( bottom left hand corner) ?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:31 pm 
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You can be VERY confident that the new younger chick is a pullet for sure , simply by the fact that the larger male is taking care of it .


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:49 am 
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Looks like a cockerel unfortunately. Interesting colour though.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:23 am 
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Thanks everyone, I have them locked up at night in a soundproofed room as I don't want to get rid of the big one, they are so good together . I do wonder though as the stock feed place I got them from said they can't be sexed ( bantams) until older and now the chick and the cockerel do the stand off with each other, I hope ts a girl, my daughter will be devasted- again if I have to get rid of chick. Thanks for the perch points, Ive it bigger in there now. Only the chick likes to perch. If I separate them they both get so noisy that I have to put them together again.

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extras of 1 buff silky, 1 buff frizzle and 1 black silky.
Only have these 3 as they are pets,the big girls finally left the nursing home after years of faithful service. X
Plus we have other 2 legged and 4 legged animals too!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:26 am 
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chooky2005 wrote:
Have you got a near adult bird in with a small chick( bottom left hand corner) ?

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Yes, I do, shouldn't I do that? They get really noisy if I separate them. The chick sits on the cocks back, or under his wing.

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Currumbin Qld
extras of 1 buff silky, 1 buff frizzle and 1 black silky.
Only have these 3 as they are pets,the big girls finally left the nursing home after years of faithful service. X
Plus we have other 2 legged and 4 legged animals too!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:49 pm 
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Ordinarily birds of different ages in the same pen can be an issue but if the older bird has adopted the younger - and cockerels are actually often very good about that - then it's not a hassle.

I would make sure you're feeding chick crumble, however. It won't harm the cockerel at all, and the chick needs the correct feed.

Also, if the younger bird turns out to be a pullet and you keep the cockerel, you'll need a few more girl birds or she'll get a little tired of the boy's attentions ..


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:35 pm 
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Yeah, I'm feeding them the chick starter, the cockerel is only 18 weeks old still, the chick 5 weeks.I have normal chickens but I keep them separate and wanted these as pets so if I get another girl then I will have to get rid of the cockerel as I will be over my chook limit for our yard size. I dont think I have the ability in me to hatch chicks anyway. he is such a pretty color though.

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Currumbin Qld
extras of 1 buff silky, 1 buff frizzle and 1 black silky.
Only have these 3 as they are pets,the big girls finally left the nursing home after years of faithful service. X
Plus we have other 2 legged and 4 legged animals too!


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