Four month old Hampshire - No crowing but little doubt IMO...

ADVODNA

Hatching
7 Years
Sep 19, 2012
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Hey All,

New to posting but have found tons of great info on the forum. I recently came across one of these "hen or rooster" questions and was impressed at what a great resource you all were. In fact, it made me start to question whether one of our two 4 month old Hampshires, the larger one with the more pronounced comb, was a boy. I thought, hey, I'll go outside and make a video to post on the forum. As soon as I clicked record, I could already hear your comments...

"Oh, you mean the HUGE chicken with thick legs, an upright posture, pronounced tail feathers, fully developed comb and a complete lack of fear bordering on agressiveness? Uh, yeah, that's about the roosteriest rooster I've ever seen, noob."

So with that, have a look at the video and confirm what now appears to be totally obvious to me or let me know if you have *any* doubts. After the first RIR, you'll see two Hampshires. They're the same age, bought at the same time from the same place, yet they are clearly not the same...


Not to worry, we've got room for a rooster and he'll rule the roost like a king if that's the way it turns out. Just seems a little weird that we've never heard him crow at 4 months, no?

Have fun and thanks a bunch!

Dave
 

featherz

Veggie Chick
Mar 22, 2010
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The one that's attacking the camera? Yes, that's a rooster. 100% chance. Cute video!

ETA: I had a roo that started crowing at > 6 months. Not unusual. =)
 
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fuzziecreatures

Songster
8 Years
May 2, 2011
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I'm not going to call you a noob but yes that is a rooster. They don't always crow early, he may just be a slow to mature roo. I see shiny red feathers on his "shoulders" and back by his tail. He also has pretty greenish black tail feathers. He will be a pretty boy.
 

ADVODNA

Hatching
7 Years
Sep 19, 2012
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In a lot of the other threads, people had mentioned that a lot of variations in appearance - tail feathers, coloration, size - could be explained just as easily by breed as by gender and that behavior was sometimes a better clue. Then each time I knelt down to shoot the video, this BOY (there, I said it) would come right up to the camera like a threat. The answer was particularly obvious at that moment.

I also rode up to the flock the other day on the ATV and they all scattered... except for HIM, who stood his ground.

Kinda excited to have a rooster actually. Now all we need is a broody mama.
 

featherz

Veggie Chick
Mar 22, 2010
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Saratoga County, NY
In a lot of the other threads, people had mentioned that a lot of variations in appearance - tail feathers, coloration, size - could be explained just as easily by breed as by gender and that behavior was sometimes a better clue. Then each time I knelt down to shoot the video, this BOY (there, I said it) would come right up to the camera like a threat. The answer was particularly obvious at that moment.

I also rode up to the flock the other day on the ATV and they all scattered... except for HIM, who stood his ground.

Kinda excited to have a rooster actually. Now all we need is a broody mama.
Appearance in this case is definitely that of a rooster - no hen looks like that no matter the breed. I do however have hens that are bossy as heck and will run up to the camera like that.. and even one that will jump on her coopmates like a rooster to show SHE is boss. LOL. Often your rooster is the friendliest one as a chick - thus all the 'oh no!! not Poofy!! she can't be a rooster!' posts.. hee hee.

ETA: none of my roosters come at me at all - so keep an eye on this one to make sure he doesn't turn into a meanie. =) I don't allow meanie roosters when there are so many nice ones that would end up as someone's dinner otherwise.
 
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