Hens or roosters

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tboilegh, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. tboilegh

    tboilegh Out Of The Brooder

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    When we got our chick babies we were told about the trick to find out if they're male or female (holding them upside down). We had 2 that fought to get up....now that they are all over a year old, they all are laying eggs and MOST of them look the part of a rooster (pointy tail feathers, large, red wattles and combs....is it possible for our hens to look so much like a rooster?
     
  2. PatrickRoo

    PatrickRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Some of our hens have big combs and wattles but are laying eggs. You'll know if you have a rooster. They usually have very large combs and wattles. Plus, they crow. (Duh.)
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Post pics of birds........males don't lay eggs.
     
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  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

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    x2, a lot of people think only roosters can have big combs and wattles while both genders can have them roosters just get them earlier on.
     
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  5. tboilegh

    tboilegh Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the prompt response. I didn't realize that hens could have the large wattle and combs as well.....no crowing, kinda thought 1 was trying ...kinda making a coughing noise but she stopped.
     
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