Can someone clear this up for me please...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PeckyChan, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. PeckyChan

    PeckyChan In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2014
    So I have had chickens for a few month now (so still kinda new) and my friend who has had them for a while said that one of my girls is a rooster!

    In my defence if he is a he, he does look quite like a hen but when he explained that is why he/she is so big because hes a rooster and he has the extra bits on his feet for mating and maybe why he/she is always standing on one leg!?

    Can someone just confirm if its definitely a he? Is he a rooster? Or just a male chicken? If he is a rooster, how old do you think he is and when do they start cluck-a-doodle-doo-ing!?


  2. Tatianna

    Tatianna In the Brooder

    May 8, 2013
    Northern New Hampshire
    How old is the bird?.....If (he is young) it is a male I would think....He has a pretty large comb to be a young hen.
  3. Tatianna

    Tatianna In the Brooder

    May 8, 2013
    Northern New Hampshire
    They start crowing about 4-6 months
  4. PeckyChan

    PeckyChan In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2014
    We're not entirely sure how old he is because the lady we bought him/her off had a large collection of ex-battery hens (which we thought he was)

    We have had them coming up 5 months
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014
  5. rebrascora

    rebrascora Crowing

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    Hi. That certainly looks like a hen to me and if you have had her for 5 months and she was adult when you got her, then definitely a hen and she should be laying eggs.

    There is no difference.
    A female chicken is a pullet or hen depending on age and a male chicken is a cockerel, cock or rooster depending on age. A male chicken of that age whatever you prefer to call them, would have pointed hackle and saddle feathers that draped over his back and sickle feathers which are arched tail feathers and be crowing and mating with your hens. I don't see anything there to indicate that she is not female.

    Perhaps your friend thinks that, because she has a large red comb and wattles, that makes her a rooster. Different breeds have different amounts and shapes of fleshy (usually red) ornaments on their heads. Maybe your friend is used to seeing breeds with smaller combs.

    Anyway, I hope I have been able to reassure you.


  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That is a hen, period. Your friend is incorrect. Looks like a Production Red hen, not really enough white in the tail to be a Red Sex Link, but could be that as well. HEN, certainly!

    The "extra bits" on the feet are spurs and they are not for mating. They are for self defense and even hens can have them. I have a hen with spurs and over the years have had other hens with spurs, even Orpingtons.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014
  7. Basskids08

    Basskids08 Chick Logging

    Absolutely a hen! There is no chance of it ever being a rooster! Shows us the eggs when that lady starts laying! :)

  8. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    I agree. She looks like a hen to me, and probably isn't far off laying.

    Also, I have a Buff Orpington hen who has spurs so I wouldn't be too concerned about that either. And yes - my BO is definitely a hen - she laid an egg into my hand once!

  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    It's hard to trust yourself when someone with more experience seems so confident, isn't it? Too bad your friend doesn't have as much experience as they think they do. That is a pretty little hen, and from her nice red comb eggs could be coming any day now. If she's loose in the yard, you might start looking for hidden nests, or confine her to a coop for a few days to see if she's laying already.

    About the standing on one foot--have you examined her foot? Chickens can get sores or abcesses on their feet that cause a lot of pain. You can do a search on here for bumblefoot to get more information.
  10. LakeMomNY

    LakeMomNY Chirping

    Apr 25, 2014
    My chickens all stand around like flamingos from time to time. Have since they were chicks. (No sores on their feet. )

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