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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:42 am 
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I purchased two Plymouth Rock chickens 10 days ago which I was told were female, however I am suspicious that they may actually be male.
They have been fighting a bit, all puffed up with the feathers on their necks sticking out and one of them crowed yesterday! I have tried to attach a short video of it, but it won't work. I have attached a photo.
The lady I purchased them was selling them because she was going overseas and I suspect she may have left because I have not had a reply to an email I sent her and I don't have a phone number for her.
I would really appreciate any advice as to whether they are male or female?
Many thanks, Amy.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:27 pm 
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Yes, I'd say both are cockerels. Their wattles and comb are red and already side hangers indicate a rooster's tail is developing on each of them. You don't mention their age? Young pullets are highly unlikely to crow. ;-)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:00 am 
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The lady I purchased them from said they were 4 months old. When will I know for certain? Just lack of egg production?!


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If they are 4 months old and pullets, they are unlikely to lay until well into the Spring (Rocks are generally late bloomers). They will be crowing before that.
Have a look at the feathers on their necks - are they long and pointy (male) or do they have rounded tips (female). Another indicator is the width of the barring - equal width black and white (female) wider white bars (male).


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:23 am 
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Thank you for your replies. I have had a closer look at the girls/boys! this morning and I am still not sure! The white bars do seem to be wider on their wings, but not on the rest of their bodies. I had a look at the feathers on their necks and they seem quite rounded to me. I have attached another photo that may show the bars better. I guess I will just have to wait until spring to know for sure!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:37 am 
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Have you had a look in the gallery. There are loads of photos of Rocks at various ages and stages.

http://gallery.backyardpoultry.com/g535 ... -rock.html


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Plus the INDEX: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=7967643

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Thank you for all of the replies. I have been looking at the photos and the previous posts and I am just so confused! I really think they could pass as either - but I'm no expert! I guess I'll just have to wait and see if they lay in spring.


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Looking at the saddle feathers and size of combs, my bet is pullets.


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No doubt they are males, sorry!

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100% cockerels, agree with Denis

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Thank you for all of the replies. I have been looking at the photos and the previous posts and I am just so confused! I really think they could pass as either - but I'm no expert! I guess I'll just have to wait and see if they lay in spring.

They will start crowing long before they will start to laying. :biggrin:


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How will I know for certain? I don't want to rehome them unless they are definitely roosters!


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They have experience with the breed so i would believe them, me personally no i haven't kept rocks.
Shame when it happens especially when you have bought them as sexed pullets. You still contact the seller for a refund.


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You've already said that one has crowed so you know that 1 for certain, and the the brother will follow suit very soon.

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