hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lucidmom, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. lucidmom

    lucidmom Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a weird chicken. Last April one of our hens hatched a single chick. It looks(ed) like a hen, no big red comb, small wattle, no spurs, made soft cooing or clucking noises. That all changed about 2-3 weeks ago, it is now 8 months old, bigger than mama and papa
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    , huge red comb and wattle, hackle and saddle feathers. Still no spurs and only deep clucking noises. Can a hen have saddle and hackle feathers? Or can a rooster not crow and not have spurs? I will try to include some pics. Foot pics aren't the best, but there are no spurs.
     
  2. elsfieldchickens

    elsfieldchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    i would say cockerel
     
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    hes a rooster and they don't really start growing spurs til a year old and the older the bird gets the longer the spurs get even in hens that get spurs
     
  4. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, definitely a rooster. Sounds like he was a late bloomer. You can tell he's a cockerel because of the shiny pointed hackle (neck) and saddle (rump) feathers.
     
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    100% rooster.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    He's a rooster. He's being subordinated by the flock rooster, but will eventually start crowing and mating hens, and then the fun may start with him and his dad.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    He's not weird, and he's all boy. He's just a late bloomer and not brave enough to start stuff with dad, even if he's bigger than dad. This spring will probably change all that.
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Rooster!
     
  9. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    that is 3,000% cockerel no eggs from him
     
  10. CayleeMarie03

    CayleeMarie03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a rooster for sure, you can tell by the tail, It is growing way out.
     

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