Hen- or rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Philbilly, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Philbilly

    Philbilly New Egg

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    We have a flock of 70. One stands out and I have named her "Millicent The Magnificent". She is a deeper richer brown than all the others, she has a much larger comb of a deeper red than all the others, and she even has racing stripes! But we're starting to wonder if "she" is a "he". Millie is always alone, often the only one in the coop when everyone else is outside, and we seldom see her eat even when we toss scratch at her feet. She doesn't take any proprietry interest or care in the others, and doesn't crow. She's 9 months old. She has an almost haughty air. Is it possible she's a cock?
     
  2. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

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    is it posible to see a pic??? [​IMG]
     
  3. australorp_breeder

    australorp_breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's how to tell the gender.

    Male - * / Female **

    * tip of neck feathers are pointed.
    ** tip of neck feathers are more rounded.
    * big legs and feet.
    ** small legs and feet.
    * upper tail feathers sticking out.
    ** tail feathers are more evened.
    * round head shape
    ** oval head shape

    Also, I believe cockerels start crowing around 8 or 9 months...around the time a pullet starts laying.
     
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  4. GraceAK

    GraceAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She very well could be. May we see a picture? I would like to gaze upon her magnificence. [​IMG]
     
  5. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    I think she would be crowing by now and showing interest in mating behavior. My guess is she is probably a she, not a he - but certainly without pictures it is impossible to say for sure. My roos were all crowing well before 9 months of age, which is mainly why I think she is probably a she.
     
  6. australorp_breeder

    australorp_breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe the cockerel I just got from someone yesterday is around 8 months and he crows every once in a while.
     
  7. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

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    Quote:a tell that to my two 12( i think) week old cockerals that crow every morning o_o [​IMG]
     
  8. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:a tell that to my two 12( i think) week old cockerals that crow every morning o_o [​IMG]

    Here is a video of my 3 week old [​IMG] chick crowing!
     
  9. australorp_breeder

    australorp_breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ._.; I don't know if that's a good, or bad thing. I've never heard of a chick crowing before.
     
  10. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be a he. It is hard to say with no pic. Cocks tend to have more glossy feathers, but it might be hard to compare if you don't have any other known cocks in the flock. You might try to research the difference between cocks and hens....But use the word Rooster....calling it a cock will turn up sites that are no help to this issue. [​IMG] All rooters don't have to crow, but it is a natural occurrence. Good luck!
     

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