Female with large comb?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jpd822, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. jpd822

    jpd822 New Egg

    Jan 23, 2013
    Michigan, USA
    OK... So I'm new to this site and this is my first post... My Wife and I decided to raise our own chickens for multiple reasons (eggs, good experience for the kids, etc...). Our birds (all RIRs) are now about 18 weeks old. We ordered all hens, but what I've begun to notice is that one of our hens has a comb that is much larger than the others... Can hens have large combs? I Googled pictures of RIR hens and none seemed to have as big of a comb or wattles as ours does. Did we by chance get a rooster by mistake? We haven't had any "wake up calls" by him/her yet so I'm hoping that there's hope she is still a SHE... I took a couple pics if that helps any...

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    That's a hen. Yes some are more well endowed than others.
  3. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    looks like a production red pullet there are no long slinder pointed saddles and these would be obivious by now on a cockerel as they start to come in between 13-15 weeks, or its a slow maturing cockerel that hasnt got its cockerel feathers yet but my bet is on a pullet
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I like how you put it! [​IMG]

    Definitely a hen. Ready to start laying.
  5. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2012
    It is a hen with a large comb..it doesn't have any rooster feathers...if you did have a rooster you would be able to see the difference easily...just look up your breed roosters...you will see...I have a hen with a huge floppy comb...but she is a hen...they say a larger combed hen will lay more eggs than a smaller combed hen of the same type..so it's a good thing.
  6. jpd822

    jpd822 New Egg

    Jan 23, 2013
    Michigan, USA
    Thanks for all the quick replies! Glad to hear she is definitely a she...lol So far between the 4 birds I've gotten 2 eggs starting about 5 days ago (1 the first day and 1 the next day). Not sure if they came from the same bird or from 2 different birds. Haven't had another egg since. I'm assuming this is common since they are just now getting to laying age...
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Of course. Sounds like Speckledhen!
  9. chickenz101

    chickenz101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2011
    This looks just like my hen and she is RIR X light Sussex and she has a very big comb that falls to the side
  10. Jharper

    Jharper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2012
    Tifton, Ga
    One of my hens is that way, too. She is now 2 years old.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013

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