hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by camie12345, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. camie12345

    camie12345 In the Brooder

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    hi,
    one of my chickens had been acting different from other hens and I've been wondering if it could be a rooster. Ive never taken care of chickens before (i have 2 currently) so i have no idea what to look for to see if it is a hen or rooster. What are some things I should look for to see what gender it is?
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    The best way to know whether you have a rooster is to post a photo of one on here. Many members would be glad to help determine gender of a bird.

    But, in general, males:

    • Develop larger, redder combs faster than the females
    • In the case of pea-combed birds, they have wider combs.
    • Develop patchy coloring on the wings and body
    • Feather in slower
    • Have a taller stance
    • Have slightly thicker legs
     
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    x2 on this advice.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    X3 on this advice. I hope for your sake you have a hen.
     

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