Hens or roosters??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by fougere5, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. fougere5

    fougere5 In the Brooder

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    My husband bought some chicks from Tractor Supply- three of them are New Hampshire Reds and were supposed to be female. However I am having doubts. One, especially, crows incessantly and has tried to get amorous with one of our older hens. I read sometimes in an all girl flock, a hen can take on rooster characteristics and behaviors. I started to look at pics online of hens vs roosters and they look like roosters. But I also am very inexperienced at this sort of thing. So... what do you think? Thanks :)

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    Here's one of all three:
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    A few more pics:
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    Thank you again for any insight.
     
  2. myfivegirls

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    They're production reds, not New Hampshires, and all three are roosters. Sorry, that happens a lot with TSC chicks.
     
  3. fougere5

    fougere5 In the Brooder

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    I was afraid of that. Thanks for your response. Last time we get chicks from Tractor supply. Now I need to figure out what to do with 3 roosters- we don't want roosters.
     
  4. fougere5

    fougere5 In the Brooder

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    How can you tell they are roosters? Is it the tail feathers being longer and more colorful? Thanks :)
     
  5. reckless

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    The way I sex chickens is:

    • Comb/wattle size (at certain ages.. roos develop faster and are redder)
    • How upright they stand (hens stand lower to the ground)
    • How they hold their tail (roos hold their tail upright.. some hens do like my golden comet, but hens usually let them hang more low)
    • Pointy hackle/tail feathers (pointy feathers at the back of neck/tail)
    • Shiny green hackle/tail feathers (I've heard hens can have these too, but they appear sooner in males)
    • Thicker legs
    • Faster/bigger growing spurs (hens get small, nearly non-existent ones)
    • Coloring (some breeds, the roosters are colored differently than the hens)

    Here's a production red hen:
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    Compared to your roos, this hen is more solid in coloring, has smaller comb/waddles, a solid-colored tail, the tail is round, with round feathers and not 'hooked'/pointed, she's lower to the ground.

    Hope that helped! :)
     
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  6. fougere5

    fougere5 In the Brooder

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    Definitely helpful! Thanks so much!
     
  7. reckless

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    You're very welcome :)
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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    Production red roos.
     
  9. KilnChick

    KilnChick Chirping

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    Can anyone help me on these, type and sex?[​IMG]
     
  10. KilnChick

    KilnChick Chirping

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    And also this one? This is Speck, first one is Girtie.
     

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