Can't tell if I have 1 or more roosters...help!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by meags163, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. meags163

    meags163 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 chickens, 1 leghorn and 4 rhode island reds. The leghorn is definitely a hen as she just started laying white eggs. I know I have at least one rooster from all the crowing that's been going on. I'm afraid though that 3 out of 4 of my RIRs are roosters....I have chickens for the eggs not the crowing. I've attached some pictures that aren't too good but the best I could get. I think the last RIR pictured is a hen, but I can't be sure about the others. Even when I look online at pictures of RIR hens v. roosters, I can barely tell the difference. Can anyone offer any tips on how to tell?

    I bought the RIRs when they were pullets, about 8 weeks old. Shouldn't the seller have been able to easily sex them? I will be very unhappy if 3/4 of my purchased "hens" turn out to be roosters!

    Sorry the pictures aren't great....most of them come out blurry!

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  2. yodercountrygirl

    yodercountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not sure your pics are kinda small to see clearly. But the way I can tell a roo from a pullett is the legs of a roo are long and go to a slimer body and the pulletts legs are shorter and go to a plumper body, go figure!!!! That is if you can't tell from the wattles and comb!
     
  3. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
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    Hard to tell from the pictures, but I would say that 3 of the RIR are males.
     
  4. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Yeah, I see three roosters...
     
  5. meags163

    meags163 Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think I can get better pictures b/c I only have the camera on my phone to work with and they aren't very good models!

    If 3 of them are in fact roosters, should I call the person I bought them from and ask to trade 2 back for hens? Or is that just the risk you take when you buy chickens? (I think she should have done a better job sexing them since they were about 8 weeks old).
     
  6. meags163

    meags163 Out Of The Brooder

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    The other funny thing is that the leghorn is THE BOSS of the flock. She sleeps on the highest roost every night and I often catch her chasing the others away from the food. We were sure she was the rooster....that is until I found a white egg in the coop!
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    From those pic's I am for sure seeing at least two roo's, last pic is a hen. You might try talking to the person you got them from, see if she will trade back for some hens. With my RIR's I was able to tell who my roo was very early on. He was developing larger, redder comb and wattles way earlier then the girls by the time he was about a month old. I would think that by 8 weeks it should have been evident, but who knows. Can't hurt to give her a call.
     
  8. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Mulberry, Arkansas
    Yeah, I would touch base with the seller and see if there is an option to trade. Some will, some wont.
     
  9. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I think I see 2 roo's and the bottom pic is a hen. If she sold them to you as hens, I would talk to her and see if she will do anything for you. She may have a couple of hens that she would be willing to part with.
     
  10. meags163

    meags163 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your replies everyone....I was pretty sure 3 are roos and your responses just make feel more confident in my judgment. I'll see if I can trade for some hens.
     

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