Hen or Rooster. Sussex

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lassie1982, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. lassie1982

    lassie1982 New Egg

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    Hi,

    Here is a Sussex we purchased as a youngster and were told it was a hen.
    My friend however is certain it's a rooster?
    We've not had any eggs from her, but I've not seen it trying to do its roosterly job either.
    We only have 1 rooster in our flock, a silkie, and the silkie rooster and this Sussex are best friends which I wouldn't have thought they would be if the Sussex was a rooster?
    I don't know the age, I'd guess 6 months? [​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. lassie1982

    lassie1982 New Egg

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    Another pic
     
  3. CornerViewFarm

    CornerViewFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd say he's a rooster but that sure looks like a Light Brahma to me not a Sussex.
     
  4. lassie1982

    lassie1982 New Egg

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    Bugger.
    That's no good. Does this mean I will have to rehome either the silkie rooster or this one?
    Currently they are best friends and the rooster pictured grew up with the silkie rooster
     
  5. SpringPeeper

    SpringPeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wouldn't a Brahma have feathered legs? It looks like it could be a light Sussex to me. It also looks like a rooster to me- the pointed cape feathers, especially.

    I don't know if it is the norm for the breed, but I have heard of Sussex cocks maturing somewhat slowly compared to other dual purpose breeds.
     
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  6. genesis1verse1

    genesis1verse1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If that's a hen it has the longest rooster hackle feathers I've ever seen. I would say rooster.
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on Light Brahmas having feathered legs. It looks to me like a Light Sussex cockerel as well.
     
  8. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess re-homing would depend on two factors:-

    1. The ability of the two roosters to continue to get along, and

    2. The number of hens that you have.

    I think the recommended ratio is approximately 1 rooster for every 10-15 hens?

    Too many roosters and not enough hens = A lot of pressure on your girls due to unwanted "rooster attention."

    Others more experienced may know the correct ratios, but that, and any potential fighting between the 2 boys would be my main concerns.

    - Krista
     
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  9. lassie1982

    lassie1982 New Egg

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    We have 6 hens (3 isa browns, 2 Sussex, 1 silkie)
    For now the silkie rooster and the rooster pictured are best of friends so is there any chance that they won't fight and will live together nicely? Not sure whom I would rehome :(
     
  10. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my two roosters were best of friends until the hens got to laying age.
     

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