Hen or Roo???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Triple B Ranch, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Triple B Ranch

    Triple B Ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a very BIG chicken that I bought as a hen that looks just like a rooster but I've never heard it crow and it doesn't have any spurs. Yesterday we witnessed her topping one of the hens and the hen beat her up. Also a few days ago I watched her start fighting with one of my young roo's. Is this normal behavior for a hen? We have 2 roosters...
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    That is dominance behavior, whether done by a hen or roo. I wonder if she was dominant in her previous flock.
     
  3. Triple B Ranch

    Triple B Ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Turns out my big hen is a rooster. He is turning out to be awesome and is huge.
     
  4. EELover

    EELover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look for saddle feathers on its back. They are thin and pointy. If they are wide and fluffy, then its a hen.
     
  5. Triple B Ranch

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    Oh, it's a rooster now. He's breeding all the girls and crowing like crazy. He's way bigger than my older rooster and he doesn't even have spurs yet.
     

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