Help!!! I got a warning notice about having a rooster but I don't have one

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by yzer3000, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. yzer3000

    yzer3000 New Egg

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    How can I prove that my birds are hens not roosters????
    I live in Queens, New York and I have 6 hens.... How can I prove that they are all girls before some one comes in and fines me,
    Because am sure who ever the city sends would be clueless and I have a feeling I will till be fined.

    THANKS

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  2. TTracy

    TTracy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is any of them crowing? Im sure whoever came out to look would be able to tell the difference between a hen and a rooster. Take pictures of your girls and send them to the city. Print off a info sheet of chickens and include that? [​IMG]
     
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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Get an expert opinion. Owing to legal nature of situation the expert will have to either sign something or make statement in front of appropriate official. If birds represent a breed, then someone that breeds them or otherwise has demonstrated some knowledge about chickens in general should do.
     
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  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the allegation is that there is a rooster present, it would be incumbent on the accuser to prove that there is a rooster. It would not be up to you to prove that there is no rooster.

    To prove that a rooster is present, one would have to be able to specifically describe a rooster and all of its observable characteristics and identify the rooster in the flock. Just because a chicken is large, dominant, or noisy would be insufficient proof that it was a rooster. In most breeds, a rooster is undeniably such at maturity.

    One of my hens is quite a bit larger than the others. Someone thought she was a rooster, until the rooster walked around the side of the shop. Nothing looks so much like a rooster as a two-year old barred rock rooster.

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