Help identifying whether I have 2 roosters or a hen with a large comb

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chickenlady1028, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. Chickenlady1028

    Chickenlady1028 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey y'all,

    I am new to raising chickens so this has been a whirlwind adventure to say the least. I ordered sexed chickens and received them at the beginning of July. They are currently 18 or 19 weeks and are starting to come into their own. Initially I ordered a Speckled Sussex Rooster and a Hen. I am worried though that I have 2 roosters. If this is the case, I am worried that they will become violent with one another and I really don't want that. I know for sure that one of them is a rooster because he crows every morning, but sometimes the other one crows as well. The chicken that I am unsure of its sex has been bullying my other hens and will jump on their backs for a few seconds and peck them. I do not like this behavior because overall my mixed flock has been very docile. [​IMG]
    The Picture above is Rooster Cogburn, this is the one that I am fairly certain he is a rooster. His comb and waddles are also a vibrant red color and I have noticed his shanks are starting to turn orange in color.


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    This picture is the best I could find of both of them. It is from a little over a month ago; with Rooster being in the lower frame of the image and "Lucy" closer to my Golden Laced Wyandotte, Marigold. I can say that while "Lucy" has a larger comb it is more of a faded red color.

    Any input is greatly appreciated because I am still learning all there is to know about raising chickens and I am unsure of whether it is a good idea to have 2 roosters in such a small flock. Thank you in advance! :D
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    It looks like you have two roosters :(.Could you get better picture of "Lucy" to confirm?
     
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  3. Chickenlady1028

    Chickenlady1028 Out Of The Brooder

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    I will try to get one tomorrow, the weather here in NC has been yucky and rainy for the past 2 weeks... Do you think that it is a bad thing to have 2 roosters in a flock of 10 total?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You have two males.
     
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  5. Chickenlady1028

    Chickenlady1028 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, do you think that it will be okay to have two males?
     
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    It all depends on the roosters themselves. Some people have had more then one rooster and they were fine and some have tried but it was a disaster. So if you want to be on the safe side I would get rid of one. Also how many hens do you have? You'll need to have at least 6 hens per rooster.
     
  7. Skylercarr

    Skylercarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on how many hens you have. Usually the ratio is 1 rooster to 10 hens.
     
  8. Chickenlady1028

    Chickenlady1028 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 total so it would be 8 hens and 2 roosters.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Ditto - but, if you don't intend to hatch or sell fertile eggs, you don't need a rooster at all. The hens will thank you for that and continue to lay just as many eggs, albeit non fertile ones.
     
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  10. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    With that few hens per rooster I would get rid of one.
     
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