Can someone tell me if I have hens, roos or both?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pikecochickens, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. pikecochickens

    pikecochickens In the Brooder

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    We are first time chicken owners. My children's third grade class had a chick incubator in their science class and they hatched chicks. We brought two home. They are Ameraucana's. We were told that we had one hen and one roo. The one on the left is supposed to be the hen. Can any of you tell me what you think? Both chickens have bumpy ridges on top of their beeks, but the one on the left is redder. The man who provided the chicks told the kids that when the chickens are about 4 weeks old, you can hold the roo upside down by his feet and he will fight to get upright. The hens will just stay there. Well, we tried it. The one we think is the roo (on the right) fought to get back upright and the one that we thought was a hen (on the left) just layed there. Is this a true indication or an old wives tale? [​IMG]
     
  2. popsicle

    popsicle Songster

    I've heard experienced chicken owners swear by and other experienced chicken owners laugh at such methods.

    I would have guessed that the roo was the one on the left with the brighter red comb.
     
  3. JayLyn07

    JayLyn07 In the Brooder

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    I agree with Popsicle the one on left boy right girl.
     
  4. chickenmaniac

    chickenmaniac Chirping

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    Yeah you have a boy and a girl
     
  5. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    im with everone else roo on left pullet on right
     
  6. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Songster

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  7. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

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    I agree - roo is on the left as we are looking at the photo. Hen is on the right.
     
  8. pikecochickens

    pikecochickens In the Brooder

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    LOL! Okay everyone! Thank you! So I will switch their names Beatrice is now Phillip Fred and Phillip Fred is now Beatrice. :) haha!
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I agree. You have a male on the left and female on the right, though they are Easter Eggers, not Ameraucanas. Cute ones, too!

    That sexing thing is an old wives/farmers tale.
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012

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