Hen ready to lay?? Or is this a roo in disguise?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by slavedriver01, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. slavedriver01

    slavedriver01 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a buff orpington 23 weeks old. I'm new so I don't know how to sex chickens....but it can tell what all of mine are except this one just by behaviours. And well....the dead give away of the crowing! But this one boggles me. Lately it has been laying around almost like I read how they start squatting when they are ready to lay. Kinda stays away from the other. Doesn't crow. Combs and wattle turned bright red. This is the biggest bird in the flock. And to me looks like a rooster, but I think I may be wrong?! Should I be getting nest boxes ready?[​IMG]
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Might say rooster but you should take a closer picture.
     
  3. slavedriver01

    slavedriver01 Out Of The Brooder

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    K heading out again after lunch so will do!
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Sickle tail feathers…looks like a boy.
     
  5. madicakes

    madicakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] That's what I was thinking too
     
  6. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. Those sickle feathers are a dead give-away!

    It's a boy!

    - Krista
     
  7. slavedriver01

    slavedriver01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Lol ok! He's just a quiet and antisocial boy I guess. He's my favorite one. Boy though, we ended up with 6 Roos out of 10 chicks. Both white silkies are Roos....which kinda means they are a bit useless as I've heard they aren't great meat birds, so no eggs or meat? Blah. They are so pretty though! And unfortunately the noisiest of the bunch.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    He's a non dominate cockerel........if you get rid the the other cockerels, he will pipe up!
     
  9. slavedriver01

    slavedriver01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, the verdict came in yesterday when my very boyishly looking hen laid an egg! I almost had to wrestle with her to get it out from under her. Took some coaxing with blueberries, but at least now I know!
     

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