Hen or roo?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by amybeth114, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. amybeth114

    amybeth114 Hatching

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    Hello Everyone!

    After much planning I finally took the leap and bought some hens (five Leghorns to be exact). Now I'm hooked[​IMG]. About a month ago I bought 4 more birds (1 barred rock, 2 Austalorps, and 1 RIR) that are 2 and 3 months old. I'm pretty sure the RIR is a cockerel and the Australorps are pullets, but I can't decide what the barred rock is. Any guesses?[​IMG]
     

  2. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Songster

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    Pullet
     
  3. RileyCalanchini

    RileyCalanchini Chirping

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    He or She still looks a little to young to tell. Is he/she bigger than the other chick's? Most rooster's will grow a lot faster than the hen's.
     
  4. LoveThemBirds

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    Did he or she get feathers first? If so,it is a hen.Hens get feathering first.
     
  5. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop

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    Barred Rocks can be confusing. I got 2 Barred Rocks as chicks at the same time, but one grew and matured significantly faster than the other, so I assumed it was a rooster. It really was a hen. Is his/her feathers on the neck very slim and pointy? Around the tail, are the feathers curvy? [​IMG]

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    Although this is a Wyandotte, you can still see the narrow, pointy feathers and the curvy feathers by the tail.
     
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  6. LoveThemBirds

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    The point feathers on the tails are want wr call "Sikle feathers",and the pointy feathers on the or near the tail.is what we call,"Saddle feathers".
     
  7. amybeth114

    amybeth114 Hatching

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    He/she is the same size as the other chicks.
     

  8. amybeth114

    amybeth114 Hatching

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    I went out and took a close look at him/her. I tried to get a better picture, but he/she was opposed. The feathers around the neck are thin and pointy-ish and the feathers around the tail are curvy. They look very similar to the Wyandotte CluckCluckGirl posted. I suppose I can just practice some patience for a few months (not my forte) and see if he/she crows or lays an egg. Then I'll have my answer[​IMG].
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
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  10. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    This bird appears very young - - so with that in mind when looking at the comb/wattle development, and a couple of other factors of the bird's appearance, it would point to being a cockerel. Were they 2-3 months old a month ago when you bought them or 2-3 months old now? Is this photo current or of the bird at a previous point?
     

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