hen or roo??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Rugerlady, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. Rugerlady

    Rugerlady Out Of The Brooder

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    I received this speckled sussex yesterday and was told it was a hen. It's the meanest most hateful bird on the planet. I'm hoping it's a hen otherwise it may be a Saturday night pot pie:D [​IMG]
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    How old? She's looks like a hen. Her comb looks pale.
     
  3. Rugerlady

    Rugerlady Out Of The Brooder

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    They told me roughly a year and a half old. Never encountered such a mean bird!
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    She's a hen. Her bad temperament is surprising given the friendly, gentle reputation of the Speckled Sussex. I've had them before and none of mine were mean. It's just goes to prove that old axiom that for every breed, there's always an exception. Hopefully she will be a good layer for you.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    If you just got her yesterday, for heaven's sake give her some time! Adult animals do NOT move well and behave weird the first few days in their new homes. Horses fence walk, gallop around, call/scream, etc. Goats test fences, call/scream, etc. Chickens are terrified, very vocal looking for their "lost" flock members, and not in a frame of mind to be a sweet pet. Give her a few days, and it will probably take a few weeks for her to really settle in. I know I'd be less than congenial in her situation [​IMG]
     
  6. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find that the more time and care you put into your chickens, the more you will get back from them. I am not referring solely to eggs, either.

    I feel bad for this bird. She has had a hard time and I'm not surprised she is shaken and anxious.

    Give her a little TLC and see if she comes good before making any rash decisions.

    Maybe she was just treated badly before, and you are her second chance at a good life. [​IMG]

    - Krista
     
  7. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, I agree. She may be just stressed out.
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    She does not appear to be in the best condition - pale comb, rough feathering, her face looks dry, etc - and has been through a very stressful change -- give her some time to settle in and bring her back to good health *then* evaluate what kind of bird she is.
     
  9. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    That's what I was thinking......she looks like she's not feeling well. She has a pretty pale comb.
     
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    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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