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Are these Hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chicken_Newbee, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Chicken_Newbee

    Chicken_Newbee New Egg

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    Some of you thought these were hens and I am begining to wonder. They are facing and kicking each other. They are acting like roosters. My other hens have never done that! Is this something RIR do?
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  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    they are hens, and yes. even hens will fight occasionally. Chicks too
     
  3. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    My RIRs are the feistiest of all my birds.
     
  4. Chicken_Newbee

    Chicken_Newbee New Egg

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    Wow, I walked out to feathers a flying and my border collie trying to get involved.
     
  5. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yikes! Better watch those 2 (and your dog). I would seperate them, but make sure they can see each other so they get used to each other.
    Yes, they are both hens.
     
  6. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Quote:I heard that some kind of game chickens were used in the development of RIRs. This may account for their feistiness.
     
  7. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    The first one looks like a roo to me. I see saddle feathers and the beginning of sickle feathers in the tail. Keen Hackle feathers as well, all spells roo to me loud and clear!
    How old are these birds?
     
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  8. Chicken_Newbee

    Chicken_Newbee New Egg

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    They were rescued about 3 weeks ago. The first one, the comb is flopped over and is now starting to turn rose. The second one also had a flopped comb but it seems to be getting straighter. I think 4 months if I compare them to my other chickens.
     
  9. Chicken_Newbee

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    The sickle feather just showed up today. They do alot of grooming and I see alot of feathers in the cope. So I think it is just loose feathers on the tail
     
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  10. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I heard that some kind of game chickens were used in the development of RIRs. This may account for their feistiness.

    Malays. Oriental gamefowl
     

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