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Hen or rooster?

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A few weeks ago, my five year old caught two chickens during a rodeo. Due to the large comb and waddle, I assumed she had one hen and one rooster. I have no idea how old they are, but the " rooster" isn't crowing and doesn't really have "rooster" tail feathers. I was hoping someone more experienced than me could tell if it is a hen or rooster. Thank you.
post #2 of 7

:welcome  The chicken in the forefront of the picture is a white leghorn hen.

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post #3 of 7
That's a hen. I have two and they look just like that, but they are both hens also. This type of breed just has a bigger comb than other breeds do because they use this breed the most for egg production. It looks like she will start laying good white eggs for you anytime now if she already hasn't started. Congrats on the rodeo win. wink.png
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post #4 of 7

Hen.

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

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Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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post #5 of 7
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Thank you all for the replies. I began questioning it when I stumbled across an article abut chickens, the author kept referring to her hens, yet in all the pictures both had large combs like my daughter's. Then I began thinking I just might have two hens on my hands. Guess I can tell my daughter it's safe to go back to collecting eggs (we collected / ate the first few, but then we've been leaving them to see if the hen would sit and hatch them, but guess that won't happen until we get a rooster).

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Here is a picture of my boy Curly!  Was supposed to be Curly Sue... but turns out he's just a Curly! :-)

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Can someone tell me why you have to spread the feathers in your hand for feather sexing? These guys just hatched a few days ago and I'm curious why its so difficult. What am I
missing? Any guesses on these guys? :-)
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