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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kristip, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. kristip

    kristip Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    New Glarus
    Here is the back story... 2 weeks ago we picked up 4 chickens that were between 4-9 months of age from a local farm. We finsihed our coop and wanted to start getting fresh eggs right away from 4 hens. Well we know one is too young of a pullet, 3 are mature, but of those three, one we are not sure on sex. We are getting 2 eggs a day but not sure which ones are laying as we have not caught them in the act.

    Would it be a bad idea to isolate the one we think could be a roo in an extra large dog kennel for a day to see if we still get 2 eggs... the lady at the farm said she would take it back if it was a roo. Would removing one bird ( that is kinda anti-social) upset the others that they would not lay?


  2. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Songster

    Sep 7, 2010
    Put some food coloring about the vent areas, each gets their own color and see what colors turn up a streaks on the eggs. I would not mess with separating a flock unless there was a need as it can dissrupt pecking order, the egg laying and cause re-intergration problems.

    If you pull a laying hen out she might just be POed enough not to lay an egg anyway.
  3. Mervin

    Mervin Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Isn't it kind of funny that squirting food coloring in her bum is the less aggravating option?
  4. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    At 4-9 months, there should be some fairly obvious signs to tell you whether one is a rooster or not, beyond whether s/he is laying an egg a day (many she's won't necessarily at that age, either). It may not be crowing, but should have some roo characteristics, long cape, hackle, and saddle feathers, more upright tail, bigger comb and wattles... The feathers are the things that I look for, seem to be the earliest indicators other than size. I agree that you may disrupt things if you try to separate someone, and they are just getting adjusted to their new home. Can't you just give it a little time?
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Post a pic or series of pics, we'll tell you who the roo is if there is one. MUCH easier than food coloring! [​IMG]
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Or look through the "What breed or gender is this?" section for a few minutes and notice things like the hackle (bottom of neck, sort of like shoulders) and saddle (just above the tail on the back) feathers, and you will get an eye for the difference pretty quickly.
  7. kristip

    kristip Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    New Glarus
    I actually have posted on the what breed or gender is this bird... it has been a mixed reaction. It is a big bird and certainly has sturdy legs, but the feathers are not looking too indicating to me yet.
    The "urgency" is that the lady said she would take the bird back and give me a known female for egg purposes. We also want another layer for said reasons. The hard part is my son is already getting attached to "pet" chicken and if this happens to be a girl I dont want it to go. Want to get them established before snow flies around here too.

    Here I will post another pic of Hulk!


  8. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Songster

    Jun 25, 2010
    Looks like a girl to me.

    I would not isolate. When the chicken gets back into the flock it has to reestablish pecking order.

    I am getting between1-3 eggs a day from 3 girls. I am still trying to figure out which one is giving me the smaller eggs and laying every other day to every 3rd day... if I really get hyper about it I will do the food coloring trick. But for now I think that is a decent amount of eggs going into the colder months with less light.
  9. trunkman

    trunkman Songster

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    looks like a hen to me too... [​IMG]
  10. Sphinx

    Sphinx Songster

    May 10, 2010
    I'm no expert, but that looks like a hen to me.

    I wouldn't separate them either.

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