Both hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by idispatch4911, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are these both hens? Only one is laying. My hubby says its "Two" that's laying, but I'm not so sure. They were from the same breeder and the same hatch, so I'm told (same exact size when we got them). "One" has the darker red comb but "Two" has the pointy looking neck feathers and a lighter comb. We originally had 4 chicks. The 2 others turned out to be actual crowing roos so they are in freezer camp. Would one of these be a roo and not actually crow???!!?!?! Getting one egg a day that looks exactly the same from the day before. HELP!!

    If one of these IS a roo that doesn't crow - I'm KEEPING HIM!!!

    Chicken #1
    Number "One" has a dark red comb. Could this be a roo that was just low in the pecking order with the other roos and still won't crow now that the other dominant roos are gone?
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    Top feathers - Not so pointy, I think.
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    Forgot to get the tail feathers out, but tail feathers are almost exactly the same on both chickens...
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    Chicken #2

    Hubby says this is our layer. She does NOT liked to be picked up EVER.
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    "Two" has a pink comb - more pink than "One"
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    Here's the pointy feathers I'm worried about...
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    THANKS!!
     
  2. Intetdreamer

    Intetdreamer Out Of The Brooder

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    Both look like hens to me, could be wrong though
     
  3. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They both look like girls. One is the girl I'd guess is laying. Two may be just a bit younger, and not laying yet.
     
  4. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First one hen-Second one Roo. Would like to see the tail feathers on number one though. But that's my guess. Second one the neck feathers are shiny and pointed not rounded like the first one.
     
  5. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There 2 HENS!!!!! Enjoy - but then if one crows you will know I am wrong? [​IMG]

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  6. Little One

    Little One Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look like two RIR pullets! They look at least six months old? (guessing b/c you didn't give an age) I would have guessed #1 is laying, she looks more mature... But #2 doesn't look far behind.
    ETA: Here's a boy RIR at almost six months.
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  7. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both are hens. [​IMG]
    I don't see any pointy hackle of saddle feathers. The hackle feathers may appear to be pointy, but I believe it is the coloration in the center that is pointy not the feathers themselves.
     
  8. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Re: Both hens?First one hen-Second one Roo. Would like to see the tail feathers on number one though. But that's my guess. Second one the neck feathers are shiny and pointed not rounded like the first one.

    That's what I was thinking. The second may be a girl though. It's 50-50 to me.​
     
  9. Czech's_chicks

    Czech's_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree - as soon as I saw the hackle feathers on #2, I thought ROO.
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Both appear to be hens but number two could surprise all of us and crow someday.
     
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