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First egg!! and is this a rooster or hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gundawg, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Gundawg

    Gundawg Out Of The Brooder

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    We finally have our first egg my flock is about 18 weeks old. I have one chicken that I am not sure about it is a Road Island Red I have 2 of them one for sure is a hen but the other one is starting to develop a larger comb and waddles. I have included a few pictures and some pictures of my known roosters they are crowing and look like roosters one is a white Brahma and the other is a Bared Rock. The Red in question does not crow and they are all the same age. I have 18 chickens in the flock all heritage breeds. Here are the pictures.

    The first 2 pictures are the Red in question what do you think? I tried to get a better picture but it kept moving.

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    The next 2 are my know fellas handsome aren't they?
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    The next 2 are my Red that I am sure is a hen.
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    Our first egg we are so proud my wife discovered it in the nest box.
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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Congrats on your first egg, and what gorgeous boys you have! The bird in question is a Production Red pullet, and given the redness of her comb I'd say she's your egg layer.
     
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  3. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    all reds are pullets, the first one you are not sure of likely is the egg layer.. their combs and wattles get redder and larger when they are about to or are laying.
     
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  4. Gundawg

    Gundawg Out Of The Brooder

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    Great I really did not want another rooster. She could be the layer but their are 16 hens all the same age and there was not any sitting on it so I don't know. We have 4 Buff Orphanton, 2 silver wyandots, 2 Americana, 1 bared rock hen, 1 Brahma hen, 2 wells summer, 2 australorps, and 2 RI Reds. These are my first chickens so we are learning as we go you can see my coop construction on the coop thread.

    Thanks Mike
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If you really want to know:

    Vent:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That is one of the butt kickinest coop and runs I've ever seen.
    Too bad it's buried in that thread.....you should make a member page.
     
  7. Gundawg

    Gundawg Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you I am going to try and figure out how to do that.

    I may try and check her running gear out LOL. They all come to me when I break out the treats.
     
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