Hen or Rooster??

JordanNicole

Hatching
Jul 13, 2016
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Kentucky
So, when I separated my hen from the roosters I put her with my runt, because the roosters wouldn't leave her, or my runt alone. Then my hen started laying eggs a couple days later. Now the last two days we have gotten TWO eggs a day. When my chickens were first starting to grow and I could clearly tell the difference between a hen and a rooster, I thought for sure the runt (Bandit) was a hen. IT'S chest kind of pokes out and it didn't have a comb like the other roosters did. Well a couple months after my roosters were practically full grown (Big combs and started to Cock-a-doodle-doo) Bandit started to grow a comb. To my surprise, I had yet, another rooster. Well now I'm beginning to wonder if maybe (just maybe) Bandit might be a hen who started to lay eggs too. Not only because thats what I really want considering I only got one hen out of the 6 chickens I bought, but because it seems VERY crazy to me that my Hen has laid TWO eggs the past TWO days. and they're good eggs with a hard shell. One is just a LITTLE smaller than the other. I attached some pictures so maybe you guys could help me solve my delima. Please let me know what you think!!! (Also, Bandit has yet to Cock-a-doodle-doo.)





 

junebuggena

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So, when I separated my hen from the roosters I put her with my runt, because the roosters wouldn't leave her, or my runt alone. Then my hen started laying eggs a couple days later. Now the last two days we have gotten TWO eggs a day. When my chickens were first starting to grow and I could clearly tell the difference between a hen and a rooster, I thought for sure the runt (Bandit) was a hen. IT'S chest kind of pokes out and it didn't have a comb like the other roosters did. Well a couple months after my roosters were practically full grown (Big combs and started to Cock-a-doodle-doo) Bandit started to grow a comb. To my surprise, I had yet, another rooster. Well now I'm beginning to wonder if maybe (just maybe) Bandit might be a hen who started to lay eggs too. Not only because thats what I really want considering I only got one hen out of the 6 chickens I bought, but because it seems VERY crazy to me that my Hen has laid TWO eggs the past TWO days. and they're good eggs with a hard shell. One is just a LITTLE smaller than the other. I attached some pictures so maybe you guys could help me solve my delima. Please let me know what you think!!! (Also, Bandit has yet to Cock-a-doodle-doo.)





That is a female. The red comb indicates that she is mature and developed enough to start laying.
 

JordanNicole

Hatching
Jul 13, 2016
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0
9
Kentucky


Do you mind me asking how you can tell? I was just thinking Bandit was a rooster because my Hen's comb is so much smaller. And thank you for informing me that SHE is not a runt and a female! :) This is my first flock of chickens EVER. I just bought 6 of the bantams and thought they were all the same breed.

Thank you so much!
 

junebuggena

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Different breeds, different comb types. The Sebright has a rose comb (flat and wedge shaped), Old English has a single comb (tall with spikes). Bantam is a size classification, not a specific breed. Many, many breeds are available in bantam size.
The Old English pullet has female specific coloring, and she lacks male hackle and saddle feathers.
 

BantamFan4Life

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OEGB and Sebright pullets. If you have any other questions concerning breed/gender, post in the "What Breed Or Gender Is This?" section.
 
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