I think two of my hens might be roosters.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jonadam1975, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. jonadam1975

    jonadam1975 New Egg

    Jul 9, 2011
    I bought these RIR's as pullets. They are 13 weeks old layer hens but I have my doubts about 2 of them. Is it just me or do 2 of these hens look more like roosters?
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  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    Yes, it looks to me like two of them are roosters. The ones with the larger combs and wattles.
  3. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    I would think by that age they would have crowed... The tail feathers do look suspisious of the far right chicken, but other than that I would say two early developed hens.. I had a 13 week old hen that had wattles and comb that big! I get 1 egg a day from her now at 17 weeks!!!
  4. WVChickenFarmer

    WVChickenFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    Union, WV
    I think I see one rooster not sure about the other one.
  5. JPHorvath

    JPHorvath Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, the one in the rear is a rooster. Shiny back feathers and green long tail dead give away. The one in the forefront could be a rooster as well, neck feathers about same as rooster in the rear.
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    The top one is certainly a rooster. The middle one looks like a pullet. Bottom looks to be a rooster.
  7. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    Arco, ID
    I'm ALMOST willing to bet money that both of them are cockerels. I have 17 RIR and I have one cockerel and they both look exactly like him.
  8. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    I see 2 roosters, 1 pullet, and 1 unknown chicken butt, LOL. [​IMG]

    At that age with combs that big... = rooster

    Also, do you see those dark shiny pointy oily looking feathers? That's a rooster thing too. [​IMG]
  9. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    The one in the middle is a pullet. The other two are roosters
  10. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    I don't see roosters

    I have some hens that had shiny tail feathers before they molted. Most of my RIR have big combs and wattles

    take a look at some of these:

    My best RIR layer:

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