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Is my rhode island red a hen or a rooster

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This is my rhode island red chicken that is almost 12 weeks old, up until a few days ago we had thought it was a hen but when i brought home a 5 month old Barred Rock, which i was told was a rooster, he started chassing the barred rock around.
So i had to keep the barred rock in a seperate pen  and every time i try to let him out to wander with the others its the same thing the rhode island red just wants to fight. Not to mention the rhode island red has been making crowing sounds everymorning at 5:30 am can anyone tell me if i have 2 roosters or one rooster one hen or 2 hens i could also use any advice. thanks
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12 weeks old? Definately a roo. Look at the tail feathers and the size/color of the comb and wattles. For comparison here is my female RIR at around 11 weeks.

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post #3 of 11

I'd bet on a rooster

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post #4 of 11

RIR is 100% rooster. Very red comb and wattles, saddle feathers and tail feathers, heavy legs.

The BR I will GUESS hen, but not 100% sure.


Edited by ranchhand - 7/11/10 at 3:37am

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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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post #5 of 11

sorry look like a rooster to me

post #6 of 11

Both birds look to be roosters.

post #7 of 11

RIR is definitely a rooster. BR is probably a rooster as well.

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My guess is your RIR is a roo and your BR is a hen.  I had a BR rooster and he had beautiful tail feathers.  They went up and out, almost like your RIR but longer.  He was a handsome bird, unfortunately he was a big  meanie and was sent to freezer camp.

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post #9 of 11

I think you have two roos but a good side picture of the BR would help.

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post #10 of 11

I agree, the RIR is definitely a rooster.

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