Hen(?) from animal shelter, is she actually a hen & what breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Nekomata, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. Nekomata

    Nekomata New Egg

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    Hello!
    About a week ago I had to rehome my beloved pet rooster, so since I've been feeling really down about it and I had some extra space in the coop I decided to adopt this chicken from a nearby county shelter. She was listed as a hen, and she seems like one for the most part (her neck and saddle feathers are rounded, plus she just seems hen-ish to me) but this morning we heard a noise that sounded like it may have been a crow, and I really don't want to have to go through having to give away another pet after getting attached, so I wanted to see what more experienced chicken people thought to make sure. I know hens can crow, and it may have just been another noise, but I'd rather get some second opinions. She's also been a little aggressive with my hens, but my hens don't fight at all so I'm hoping she's just trying to establish the order, and she'll learn soon. Also, since she came from the shelter, I have no idea on her age or breed, which isn't helping. If anyone could help me confirm her sex and maybe figure out what breed she is, that'd help me a lot! Thanks!

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    (This picture is from the shelter, it's from about a month ago)

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    (I put in a closeup of the tail area because I heard saddle feathers are a good way to tell, although hers don't look rooster-y to me I'm not an expert)

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    Thanks so much for any help! While I'd hate to have to take her back to the shelter, I really can't have a rooster here, we've already had the police called on us once...
     
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  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I think it is a cockerel. The last picture is what has me thinking male.
     
  3. K Spot

    K Spot Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a mixed breed. As for gender, I'm not 100% sure, but I'm leaning towards rooster.
     
  5. NylaJarrett94

    NylaJarrett94 Out Of The Brooder

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    Where are you located? My family friend has a rooster exactly like this one. I almost definable sure it's a rooster. If your located close, I'd take it off your hands. I just got 14 mallard ducklings and thought I'd add chickens for better hatching.
     
  6. Nekomata

    Nekomata New Egg

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    Thanks for the responses, even if it's not the news I was hoping to hear. I'll be taking it by the vet tomorrow just to make sure before moving to rehoming. I live in the California bay area, so if the final verdict is rooster and you're anywhere nearby I'd be happy to give him over to you, though!
     
  7. chickincrazy

    chickincrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a crele Old English Game--- male.
     
  8. Covert

    Covert New Egg

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    Looks like a hen to me. I don't see any signs of a cockerel.I've been wrong before. Doesn't look like any saddle feathers to me and the comb and wattles don't look very heavy either.
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  9. EarthMover

    EarthMover Out Of The Brooder

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    It looks like a hen to me, also. I have hatched many mixed breeds (which is what she looks like to me) and sometimes the pullets will get tail feathers that look very long at first. If this chicken is at least 3 months old, I would bet my money that it is a hen.
     
  10. Covert

    Covert New Egg

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    What kind of mix breeds have you hatched?
    Joe
     

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