Hen? Roo? breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by littlefarm_bighappy, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. littlefarm_bighappy

    littlefarm_bighappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know the breed... maybe a plymouth barred cross?
    THe comb is HUGe but he/she hasn't started crowing and it doesn't act aggressive at all. I haven't noticed her nesting, though...
    It came in a mishmosh from MM and is 36 weeks.

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  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Definitely an Ancona. Our hen didn't start laying until she was 5 1/2 months old.

    Hard to tell from that pic if hen or roo... Can you post a clearer pic?
     
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  3. littlefarm_bighappy

    littlefarm_bighappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! You are right. I googled the Ancona breed and sure enough, there was a pic that looked just like her... even down to the floppy comb. Even the peep photo was just as she was as a baby.

    So, I am satisfied that this is a hen and not a rooster, because really the only roosterlike thing she had about her was her big floppy comb. Turns out all the Anconas have these... and they are late layers... so I am still hoping that she is a she. SHe has a hen shaped tail, and a more ladylike look about her.

    Not to mention, they are a "nonsitting" breed... perhaps this is why i haven't seen her hanging out in the nest box.

    YOU ROCK. Thank you for your help!
     
  4. littlefarm_bighappy

    littlefarm_bighappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a better pic up close...

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    The poor thing in the background is a Delaware that I am hoping to rehab and grow the feathers back. it's only supposed to be a year old... I hope it's just in moult.

    The one in the bottom is my Wyandotte that lays huge eggs.
     
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    I know nothing of Ancona's but can't believe she hasn't started to lay eggs at 36 weeks old. Maybe that's normal for that breed?
     
  6. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Yep, I think pullet too.

    Our Delaware is over 2 years old and going through her molt now too. Poor thing looks like something the cat dragged in; covered in quills and new feathers not out all the way yet.

    Give your molter some extra protein and calcium.... yogurt works.
     
  7. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She sure looks like she is laying. are you sure someone is not eating the eggs?s she should lay a white egg.
     

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