Any clue what sex or breed this mystery chicken is?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Young Sauterelle, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Young Sauterelle

    Young Sauterelle Out Of The Brooder

    This chicken appeared in our driveway today and has been hanging around all day. We finally caught it, and boy was it hungry and thirsty! Any idea if this is a rooster or hen? Definitely an adult. It is very big, also any guesses what kind? Apologies if the pictures aren't great, the light isn't ideal right now. I can try again when the sun isn't glaring. We absolutely cannot keep a rooster, but I don't want to set up a separate area to quarantine it if it isn't a hen.

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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a Rhode Island Red hen.
     
  3. ChicChicChicken

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    Definitely a hen.
     
  4. ChicChicChicken

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    Yea that is definitely a Rhode Island Red hen :)
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She's a Rhode Island Red hen and looks to be from fairly good stock - not hatchery.
     
  6. Young Sauterelle

    Young Sauterelle Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks. I was pretty certain it was a hen, but I have never owned roosters nor a hen this large! She doesn't appear as red in person as she does in this photo...she is more chocolate brown with green sheen at the hackles and in the tail. Is that typical for RIR?
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Typical for better quality RIR.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

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    True Rhode Island Reds are a mahogany color. "Production Reds" (hatchery-quality Rhode Island Reds) exhibit the more-familiar red color.
     
  9. BantamLover21

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    It is a beautiful Rhode Island Red hen.
     
  10. Young Sauterelle

    Young Sauterelle Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks, all. She is very lovely, and after all your very definitive replies about sex, I guess we will keep her. We live in an urban area, and no one in the neighborhood keeps chickens but us, so I have no idea how to track down her previous owners. Very peculiar!

    Any advice on introducing her to our flock after we quarantine her? Previously we have added younger hens 2 at a time with very little fighting. This new one is much bigger than our 4 hens, but she is all alone.
     

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