2 Adult chickens (8 months old)...Sexes???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ESofVA, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. ESofVA

    ESofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 adult chickens that I keep going back and forth on their sexes. 1 is a white Leghorn and the other I bought at a feed store as a buff Orpington but some people on here told me it was a buff Wyandotte...which I agree with. To me they look like roos.BUT... both will squat so the Cornish roo can mount. Neither has crowed but I do have a Dark Cornish roo that "rules the roost". The buff was sitting on a nest with 2 brown eggs in it yesterday...a possibility they could have belonged to other hens, but it was sitting in a nest on the eggs away from the other chickens which were out busily free ranging..

    Here are some photos I took just a few minutes ago...

    The heads of both:
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    Tail of the buff
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    front view
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    Full side view
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    Side of head
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    Full of the Leghorn
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    Side
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    Front
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    What sex are they really??? I think they LOOK like roos...but...
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They are both hens. The buff is a very interesting bird!
     
  3. ESofVA

    ESofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had planned on adding him/her to our freezer, but I am now afraid to. I don't want any more roos, I am getting rid of all (which is maybe 3 standard chickens) of my roos but my Cornish and my Salmon Faverolles. If they are hens, I want to keep them until at least next year.
     
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  4. willowbranchfarm

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  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are both 1000% hens. [​IMG]

    It's very normal for Leghorn hens to have huge combs. Both hens have nice rounded saddle feathers. A rooster would by now have obvious long pointy saddle feathers and other rooster characteristics.
     
  6. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens and are no doubt laying
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree, hens and they should be laying. You should be getting nice big white eggs and pretty medium brown eggs from them.
     
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  9. ESofVA

    ESofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Leghorns (I have 2) have quit laying...winter? Hasn't been that cold this winter yet. I asked because I had read where the Leghorn rooster's comb flopped over and the hen's did not. I did have 2 of the buff Wyandotte's but I sold one of them when they were about 5 months old. This one had a larger comb than the one I sold, so I thought the one that didn't sell was a roo. I only got chickens back after ~ 35+ yrs and have never had these breeds.



    BTW, I got my 1st Silkie egg ever today!! No problem telling it came from a Silkie!! LOL!
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It's the hen's combs that tend to flop on the big combed breeds, and the roo's stand up straight. That's not an accurate gender indicator, but it's a good rule of thumb.
     

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