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Hen or Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by petitesphinx, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. petitesphinx

    petitesphinx Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    [​IMG] So I think I was "had" Saturday. Is there a way by looking at a large chicken to tell if it's a rooster or hen?

    I answered an ad in our Swapper for Laying Hens, but the lady put 2 larger birds with combs in a bag and one with a small comb (that looked like a hen). [​IMG]

    When we put them in our coop, one of the larger ones was going head to head with our rooster. And the feathers around it's neck were poofed out. I'll take pics today, but is there a quick way to tell the difference between the two genders? I hope my newness to the chickens didn't allow me to have one pulled over my head...........heheheh [​IMG]

    Thank you!!
  2. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2008
    I'm pretty new aswell so we can be new together [​IMG]
    But i do know some stuff, first of all i need to know what breed it is and i also need pictures.

  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Sounds like you probably did get a rooster.

    You really need to read this thread - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=70782

    chickens without proper biosecurity measures is a risk to your entire flock.

    Any time in the next 8 weeks that you notice any sign of illness in your chickens you be positive it came from the new chickens being exposed too soon to your current flock.

    Many people here have lost nearly their entire flocks in similar fashion.
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Always best to quarantine fo 30 days before bring new birds around your existing flock. Older new hens can and will want to fight and raise their neck feathers with roosters. Pictures are the best to tell gender.

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