Hello My Rhode Island Red hen Laura is now 5 months old and is soon to lay. I'm quite excited of finally having to taste a fresh egg. She's still not squatting though. But, is she really a RIR? Am I waiting for nothing? There have been odd markings on her feathers. I check the websites to know the characteristics of a RIR: yellow skin and maroon-colored feathers. I checked Laura and she has yellow skin and is starting to grow maroon feathers on her head. But she also has black markings on the back of her neck and some white spots on her body. So I armed myself with my camera(phone) and turned on the computer straight to BYC.com to be sure. Here are some pics: My friend was holding her in her arms and she said that I put my ear on Laura's back to hear something. Then Laura pecked me in my teeth! Spit! Spit! I tasted something awful afterwards. Then I carried Laura to pet her, then she attempted to "kiss" me again! Luckily I evaded it, though. Can you confirm if she's a RIR? Oh, and can you guess what's her gender? Thanks in advance!