Are these hens or roosters? I have heard both so was wanting some more info!!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cottonwood23, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. StarMeKritten

    StarMeKritten Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. MaisyBird

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    Check their legs; if their roosters then they should have really noticeable spurs. Hens have little bumps on the back of their legs but males' are very distinguishable.
     
  3. cottonwood23

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    Thanks for all the good info!! I will keep all this in mind while I learn more about sexing these chickens
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Spurs don't usually begin to develop until after 6 months of age. Some roosters never grow spurs, and some hens can grow spurs. It's not a reliable way to gender a chicken.
     
  5. cottonwood23

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    They are all I think 4 or 5 months. Would they be that noticeable by then. I have looked but doesn't seem to luck any different
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    They are more like 3 months. The boys don't have clearly visible saddle feathers yet, those are usually very obvious by 5 months.
     
  7. cottonwood23

    cottonwood23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I am not sure of exact age. But regardless I was hoping for hens . I bought thwm from a local farmer so obviously straight run and that's the chance I took. I enjoy learning the breeds and figuring these things out!
     
  8. MaisyBird

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    Yeah I suppose that is true... kinda forgot about that, thanks for correction!
     
  9. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'd suggest keeping a close eye on them. I had two brothers that were fine together (free ranged with the rest of the flock) until one day (around 3.5 months old) when the "young pretender" decided he wanted to be top dog. Within 10 minutes they had caused serious injury to each other - it came out of the blue (to me at least). Be prepared to cull any nutcases as aggression is not a desirable trait for breeding or you own safety.

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  10. cottonwood23

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    Yea I kinda planned on that.. Hopefully they don't get to wild ha
     

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