~20 week-old Rhode Island Red X Australorp - male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cheeeeeah, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. cheeeeeah

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    Help! I'm really concerned it's a male.... I live in an area that does not allow roosters, so need to know ASAP. If it is a male, it hasn't started crowing yet. Over the last three weeks, it actually outgrew in size my two ISA browns which are at least 2 months older than this chicken. This chicken seems to be more feisty than the other three I have (i.e. it's a little more dominant when it comes to feeding time) - BUT one of the older ISA brown hens still seems to pick on this chicken.
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  2. rebel-rousing-at-night

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    I would say boy. Note the red feathers he has.
     
  3. willowbranchfarm

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    Oh yeah rooster.
     
  4. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    can you get pics without the fence in the way? its really hard to tell but i do not see any saddles nor hackles which should be evident at this time
     
  5. cheeeeeah

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    Thank you all for replying! I did not expect such an immediate response. Another details: his hips appear narrower than that of the two ISA browns. See attached.
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  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    i'm on the wall with this one as i don't see any real saddles and the hackles are still that of a pullets. the red on the wings doesn't mean anything its just leakage. i think you may see eggs from that one instead of crowing but again its iffy
     
  7. Pekin bantams

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    looks like a rooster to me. its tail feathers give it away
     
  8. PioneerPrincess

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    Same here. Can you tell by picking him/her up or petting him or just plain listening to him/her whether s/he sounds more hen- or roo-ish? Does that make sense at all? That's one thing that I
    'look' for when I'm having a difficult time telling the gender of an adolescent chicken. The roos really seem to squawk/ scream and make a big fuss when I 'mess' with them while the pullets seem to have a more quiet, 'gentle' squawk. Has your chicken submitted to you at all?
     
  9. Studio2770

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  10. JMarch

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    I'm on the fence with this one- for that age, he could be either a slow comb developer or she could be near point of lay since the comb and wattles aren't really big
     

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