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Hidden Rooster: pullet or roo?

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Hi so I have had three barred rocks in the mix of my flock for a few years now. My eggs have for the past year has these weird brown spots in them. So I researched it and the explanations all led to that my hens were getting old, which didn't make sense to me since they were still in their prime. I recently just integrated 24 new chicks into my flock of 12 and walked out this morning to a somewhat little crow from a BARRED ROCK in my flock.

The peculiar thing is that the barred rock that crowed has been in my flock for many years now, which leads me to think that he's the reason for the brown spots and has just kept quiet until now.

I'm going to post pictures of him when I get home, it would be a great help if you could confirm his gender ( he does have a more prominent wattle and comb, but his tail feathers look like my other barred rock pullets, so that's where it gets confusing)

Thanks:) so much!!!!!smile.png
post #2 of 5
Since the chicken has been in your flock for many years, I think it's likely to be an older hen with some hormonal issues. Photos will help. smile.png
2 dogs, 6 cats, 40 chickens (australorps, wyandottes, and easter eggers), lots of tropical fish, and a toddler. 
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2 dogs, 6 cats, 40 chickens (australorps, wyandottes, and easter eggers), lots of tropical fish, and a toddler. 
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post #3 of 5

Brown spots IN the eggs--like blood spots?  That's an issue with the hen and has nothing to do with exposure to a rooster. 


Edited by popsicle - 11/3/15 at 10:28am
usually have between 20 and 50 chickens
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usually have between 20 and 50 chickens
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post #4 of 5
Hens will crow, it's rare and normally an older hen. Far rarer though is a rooster that has managed to hide it's existence by not crowing or mating for a couple years ;-). That is a one in a million :-)

Those brown spots are pretty common, I get them in my eggs from my rooster less flock and I get them in store bought eggs when my hens aren't laying. I just scoop them out with a teaspoon, my hubby ignores and eats spot and all.

Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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post #5 of 5

A rooster doesn't cause brown spots in eggs.

 

If you'd had a rooster for a year, you'd know. They look very different than hens.

 

I agree with the above, you have a hen with hormonal issues or ovarian damage. You may want to go ahead and cull her as she may not be a productive layer, and the crowing can be an issue.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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