2 brown chickens - roosters or hens?

HennyPennyMum

Hatching
9 Years
Mar 7, 2010
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Hi there everyone,

I just joined this forum and hope that your "chicken expertise" will be able to help me out.

3 months ago we took in 3 baby chickens that someone had abandoned at a railway station. 1 was a bit older and has proven itself to be a rooster (it started to crow about 3 days ago). The other two were about 4 weeks (??) younger and were probably (at most) 1 week old when we got them. They are now both 3 months old. They are all Isa Browns (doubt they are pure-breed).

From the photos, what do you think they are - hens or roosters? (I'll post 2 photos of each "suspect" and label them as Chick#1 and Chick#2).

Thank you so much for your help!

Chick#1 images (note the white tail. The 2nd image has the rooster's head in it as well):

https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/50551_pics_004.jpg
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/50551_pics_006.jpg

Chick #2 images:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/50551_pics_008.jpg
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/50551_pics_011.jpg
 

Shadowhills Farm

Songster
10 Years
Nov 14, 2009
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Crystal River, Fl
Chick 1-Roo
Chick 2- Pullet???

Sorry Im no expert
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Thats nice of you to take them in! And
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gocrow77

Crow's Nest
10 Years
May 13, 2009
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Central MO
# 1 is defintely a rooster, and I am betting #2 is also by the legs and comb etc. I can't see it's back very well to see if it has saddle feathers, but looks like that are some rooish pointy hackle feathers in there in the neck.
 

ericsplls

Songster
9 Years
Feb 25, 2010
188
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Some of the better judges should chime in soon but I see roos. At keast pick one is. I'm not 100 percent but just my guess.
 

dtm

In the Brooder
10 Years
Nov 17, 2009
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I'm no expert but I also am of the opinion that they are both roos.
 

HennyPennyMum

Hatching
9 Years
Mar 7, 2010
3
0
7
Thank you so much for your super quick replies.

Re: Chick #1 - we did suspect he was a rooster - given it and the "definite rooster" occasionally have a "peck off".

Chick # 2 I was hoping was a pullet given it was really the "baby" of the 3 and doesn't seem to fight alot (but it could be just still too young).

What is sad is that our local council only allows 1 rooster to be kept (and even then, we're probably at the mercy of neighbours... it only takes one to complain and then the trouble starts!!). If I was going to surrender 1, I'd rather surrender all 3 together to a good home (ie one which WON'T use them for cock fights or "roasts"). We call them the "3 stooges" - if anyone of them get separated, they begin to fret for each other (wonder how long that will last if they're all roosters??).

Anyone else with any thoughts re: gender? This seems a bit like a "chookie election" (ha ha!).

What a great, friendly forum!! Thanks!
 

MANNA-PRO

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