Hen or Roo EE? 12 weeks old.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Pureupto99per, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Pureupto99per

    Pureupto99per Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 17, 2009
    Orange, CA
    (S)He's a bit bigger than the other EE's... definitely the leader of the flock. I bought her at a feed store and they said that all their chicks are sexed as female from the hatchery but "they make no guarantees". What do you guys think? When do males start crowing? I hope for (her)his sake (s)he's a female... we're not allowed to have roos... Funny thing, my fiance named this one "Dinner". Hopefully these pics are ok.


  2. txmel

    txmel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2010
    boerne, tx
    well i'm new at this but my guess is a roo.
    my hubby calls all of our chickens "dinner", too.
  3. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    SE Pennsylvania
    That's a boy, sorry [​IMG]
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Dinner is a Roo.
  5. Pureupto99per

    Pureupto99per Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 17, 2009
    Orange, CA
    uhhh-OOOOHHHH..... thats what I was afraid of, how do you know? When do they start crowing?
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2010
  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Look at Dinner's saddle feathers. Saddle feathers are the ones in front of the tail. On Roos - their saddle feathers are pointy and as they age, the feather gets finer so that it almost looks like hair to me. Pullets and hens have rounded saddle feathers, and the saddle feathers tend to be fatter.

    This picture was taken 11/01/09, chick is approx. 9 weeks old. Chick is an BR/EE cross - at this stage I was still hoping for a pullet:

    This is the same chick picture taken 1/07/10 - yesterday at 18 weeks, but his roo feathering is coming in -- look at the long feathers in front of his tail. They have grown long enough now to cover the tips of his flight feathers on his wings.

    Sometimes EE can be difficult because the coloring can make the feather look pointy - if that is the case, I pick the feather in my fingers to look at the end.
  7. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Yeah, it's a rooster.
  8. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

    Nov 10, 2007
    Panama City ,Florida
    roo see the long tail feathers.
  9. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    I'm going to agree, roo. At least the name fits. [​IMG]
  10. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    Looking at the hackle feathers and the tail feathers, most assured, Dinner is an up and coming Cock a Doodle RRRRRRROOOOO!

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