2 PBRs, 2 BOs 8-9 weeks old. Hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by UrbanFarmerGirl, May 19, 2010.

  1. UrbanFarmerGirl

    UrbanFarmerGirl Chirping

    May 18, 2010
    Western Washington
    I am totally new to the business of chicken ownership. This spring we built a coop and picked up 4 chicks from our local feed store. 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks and 2 Buff Orphingotns. We paid extra for pre-sexed chicks, and they said there was a 90 percent chance we had hens.

    Now we have 4 chickens that are almost 9 weeks old. I have the same question everyone else here has... when can I tell if one is a rooster? Would I know by now? There is a clear pecking order, but I have read that it is normal for one hen to become dominant if there is not a rooster present. The two Buffs look almost identical, and so do the 2 PBRs. I can't see any difference in comb or color, and they are similar in size. I could not find saddle feathers either. One of the PBRs is very bossy and outgoing. She is a bit bigger, and has a little bit longer tail- s/he is the one I am mostly wondering about. Is it possible that she is bigger because she is so bossy and just eats first and more? Both PBRs are much bossier, friendlier, and more outgoing the both BOs.

    Here is a picture of one of the Plymouth Barred Rocks with the two Buff Orpingtons. Both PBRs are a lot bigger than the Buff Orps, even though the feed store told us that they hatched within 24 hours of one another. Is this because the Buffs are just slower at growing?


    Here is a picture of the two PBRs together where you can see their faces really well:


    Here is a picture of them from the side:


    Thanks for your help! This is my first post... but after reading the board for a few weeks now, I am really looking forward to some input, everyone here is more experienced than me!
  2. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    SE Pennsylvania
    All the chickens are pullets
  3. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    All pullets [​IMG]
  4. UrbanFarmerGirl

    UrbanFarmerGirl Chirping

    May 18, 2010
    Western Washington
    Thanks! Our local ordinances say we can have 6 hens, and NO roosters in our backyard in town. I feel a big sense of relief.... I guess I can finally name them.
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy :



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