Hens or roosters?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Lyrika, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Lyrika

    Lyrika Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I got my first two chickens off a friend when they were about 6 weeks old. They are now about 11 - 12 weeks old and I'm still not sure if I've got roosters or hens. Googling hasn't really helped much so I figured I'd just post some pictures and get some help from people with more experience.

    I was told the black one is an Australorp x (probably with RIR) and the brown one is a bantam leghorn. They're both lovely but I've noticed them fighting with each other (jumping feet first at each other) so I wondered if maybe I had a pair of roosters.

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    If there are any more pictures that would be helpful please let me know.

    Thank you.
     
  2. jlkanipe81

    jlkanipe81 New Egg

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    Looks like hens to me
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The dark bird is a young roo, the leghorn is a pullet. She doesn't really look like a bantam, she looks like regular leghorn size.
     
  4. Lyrika

    Lyrika Out Of The Brooder

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    What makes you say that? I'd like to know what to look for, I'm hoping to get some more chickens soon.
     
  5. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A red comb at that age usually indicates a rooster, and that orange on its back may be emerging saddle feathers. Could you take a close-up of that area? I agree that your other bird's a pullet.
     
  6. AngieO

    AngieO Chillin' With My Peeps

    Black looks like a roo and brown looks like a hen. The black one has red on his wattles and face, plus his comb is larger. The brown birds comb is a light color and small.
     
  7. Lyrika

    Lyrika Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some more pictures. I can try to take some clearer ones when my boyfriend gets home if these are no good, I was having trouble holding an uncooperative chook and a camera at the same time.

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  8. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    those are undeniable roo feathers(the brown colored ones) coming on the black one. leghorn is 100% pullet.
     
  9. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    Your Jersey Giant or Australorp ( your black one ) is a rooster, the comb and wattles are far to red for that age. You Leghorn is a pullet.
     
  10. Chicken Tamer

    Chicken Tamer Overrun With Chickens

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    The black one is a Cockerel and Leghorn is a Pullet :)
     

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