I think my hen might have hatched 9 cockerels? Help?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by shanadienne, May 29, 2017.

  1. shanadienne

    shanadienne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2013
    Massachusetts, USA
    My beloved Sebright hen Sam laid nine eggs and hatched every one of them. Except... all of them kinda look like boys to me.

    They're 7 weeks old today (the pictures are from two days ago) and a number of them have started crowing, I've seen at least two attempt mating behavior, and they all still fight but not violently. (I don't put much stock in crowing tbh because Sam herself started crowing when she was about 4 weeks old and she still does it on rare occasions.) There was one that I picked up once and it was startled enough to go into the submission posture that usually indicates a hen.

    Sam, although a Sebright, has had three male offspring *without* hen-feathering but most of these chicks look hen-feathered to me, so I focused mostly on their faces. Which may look weird because a few weeks back they started viciously attacking each other for unknown reasons. They've since calmed down.

    I'm uploading a picture of each, even though there are a few that I am already dead certain are male.

    001 spectacles 2.JPG
    "Spectacles" - only one with Silkie-type dark skin (from father). Also the only one who is definitely growing sickle feathers.

    002 alice clone.JPG
    Chick #2

    003 wynn clone 3.JPG
    Chick #3

    004 mia (2).JPG

    005 rosecomb black.JPG
    Chick #5

    006 single comb black.JPG
    Chick #6

    007 sam clone 2.JPG
    Chick #7

    008 light sebright chick.JPG
    Chick #8

    009 frosty 2.JPG
    "Frosty" who managed to get a tiny bit of leaf stuck to their beak for their photo op.

    In case it helps, these are the parents:
    Wynn on the right there is Sam's son.

    This guy is the likely father of chicks 1, 5, 6, and probably 9.
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  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Wow, they do like all cockerels. That stinks!
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  3. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Flock Master

    Jul 13, 2016
    None yer business :3
    My Coop
    They are BEAUTIFUL! But I think they look all male!!! sorry but I'm just being honest!
    The ONLY pullet looking one is this one..[​IMG]but it still looks like a little roo! :( If I were you I would love to keep them, but they don't live in harmony....:(:hugs
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Wow, what are the odds of 9 cockerels....
  5. shanadienne

    shanadienne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2013
    Massachusetts, USA
    1 in 512, those are the odds... (2^9)

    Can anyone explain why I have some rosecombs that are kinda smoother/smaller/paler looking (#2 and Frosty) as opposed to super pointy (#5 and #7)? I was assuming those two were pullets and the rest were cockerels.

    And is there any possibility that there's been something weird that caused the hypothetical pullets to start to mature really quickly? I know I'm grasping at straws here but if my favorite hen hatched me 9 roosters... out of 9 eggs... geeze.
  6. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 14, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Wow! That's crazy! All very handsome cocks!!! I had a batch of 5 chicks and 4 of them were roos but I've never seen that many at once.
  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Well, I know the hen determines the gender of the chicks... So I would pay attention to what she hatches and not keep one that throws all boys, unless I was really hungry! I hatched 7/9 boys and 1 girl was taken by a predator. So I can kinda feel your pain.

    My guess as to why some combs are smoother than others is because they are mixed breeds and the genetics won't translate 100% the same to every offspring. :confused:

    It's kinda cool to have such a variety. If I had to choose who might be a pullet (which one squated for you) I would go with Spectacles or Frosty. I have also seen cockerels do the eggs song when they get startled though! :p
  8. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Your Sebright hen isn't pure. Are you sure she laid all the eggs? And, it was probably just bad %.
  9. shanadienne

    shanadienne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2013
    Massachusetts, USA
    Yes, she was the only hen with access to her nest. She's from Tractor Supply; she's like twice the size of Sebrights I see at the local poultry show (but still the smallest hen in my flock!). I'm aware hatcheries keep Sebright roosters who are not hen-feathered and aren't homozygous for rosecomb for fertility purposes; Sam is likely a product of that.

    She's my favorite hen, and I've hatched 2 females and 3 males from her eggs before, so I'm gonna give her a pass this once. Maybe she'll hatch me 9 pullets next time.

    Edit: And as a matter of fact, Spectacles is my most definite male. Sickle feathers coming in and attempted mating behavior. It was either Frosty or #2 that squatted down. My memory is failing me. D:
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  10. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    Wow, your hen outdid my silkies' 7 males out of 7 eggs record!

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