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Hen or Roo - I havent a clue!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by andyboro, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. andyboro

    andyboro In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2011
    Hi [​IMG]

    can someone help me please - could you give me some idea of the sex of my chook please? Im still pretty clueless when it comes to keeping chickens and the person mine came from was moreso!

    there were some interesting and vocal noises this morning and we have noticed that she/he lol stands on top of the smaller 2 a lot.




  2. Time-Out

    Time-Out Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    Looks like a roo to me.
  3. andyboro

    andyboro In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2011
    Ive been comparing to pics around and im starting to think so myself too - its hard with having no knowledge of differences in breeds or anything though.

    is there any sure fire way to know.

    and more to the point.. what to do if it is? the whole think with the chickens was my own (well - their own) eggs from the garden [​IMG]
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    You won't be getting eggs from that fella.
  5. spikennipper

    spikennipper Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Kent, UK.
    He's most definitely a roo see the light brown stringy feathers hanging off his back just before his tail? they are saddle feathers which only males get, he also has a nice big red comb and a nice set of spiky hackle feathers on his neck, again only males will get the hackles, if you have noticed him standing on top of your two smaller chickens he is trying to mate with them [​IMG] that is another tell tale clue and the funny noises is him trying to crow [​IMG] he is just getting the hang of things but you should find it gets more frequent as he matures more and louder! very nice bird he is though are you able to keep him?
  6. andyboro

    andyboro In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2011
    thanks... thats given me things to look out for in the future [​IMG]

    the old man with a sore throat effort at a crow this morning was what set the little bell going in my head lol.

    I live in a fairly built up area so im thinking we wont be able to keep him unfortunately.

    part of me would like to (and i understand its good for the hens too?) but i think the neighbours would have a lot to say about it, especially in the summer months.
  7. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    Southeast AR
    Quote:There is no reason to keep a rooster unless you want chicks. The hens might even be happier if you didn't. [​IMG]

  8. andyboro

    andyboro In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2011
    how about if the girlfriend wont let me get rid? [​IMG]

    I dont mind keeping him if the noise levels dont get high enough to annoy the neighbours.. I have a large garden and theres nobody too close so it may be ok.

    bit of an odd mechanical question too haha... he's MUCH bigger than my white silkies.. is breeding even possible?

    thanks for all of the help folks [​IMG]
  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    He's beautiful!
  10. KWAK

    KWAK Songster

    Feb 2, 2009
    Quote:Im pretty sure it is:)

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