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I'm curious - how old would you guess this girl is? Update Post #32

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HEChicken, May 24, 2011.

  1. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I hatched this pullet so I know down to the day EXACTLY how old she is. Yet every time I look at her I am surprised by how, um, mature she looks for her age. Her sisters, who hatched the same day look every day their age. In other words, they look like they won't lay for quite some time yet!
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    Okay, okay, I'll let you in on it - she is only 16 weeks old! I've never had one as red and developed in the comb and wattles as this one is at this age. What do you think? Will she start to lay earlier than average?
     
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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Here she is with her two sisters who as you can see still have quite a bit of maturing to do...
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  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    Quote:I'm sorry; but that looks like a Roo to me..

    My BA hens are 13 wks and dont look ANYTHING like that..
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Roo. Too red, wattles, the down turn in the tail feathers.....
     
  5. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had quite a few roos and I'll eat my words if I'm wrong but this is a HEN. I hatched a roo along with these three and it was really obvious he was a roo from the time he was 2 weeks old. His comb and wattles were MUCH larger and he crowed early too. When I posted pics of these guys at 8 weeks (when she already had very red comb/wattles the consensus was 100% that she is a hen). The tail feathers are not typical of rooster feathers at all, but very typical of BA hens (I don't know the parentage of this one and do know the father was a RIR but suspect the mother was a BA). Also, she does not have the pointy saddle/hackle feathers that a 16-week-old roo would have. Nope folks, this one is a hen, no doubt in my mind, or DH's either, and he is usually the first one to suspect the males [​IMG]
     
  6. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Quote:I agree with that exactly. I'm by no means an expert, but I thought Roo as soon as I saw "her" for the same reasons Debi mentioned.
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Yeah I don't claim to be an expert by any means, but I still think it's a roo. If it lays an egg, I'll eat some chocolate.
     
  8. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Quote:Well THAT'S a win-win, you really got yourself covered here Deb! [​IMG]
     
  9. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    Quote:HAHA..thats nothing...lol...for her!
     
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Well THAT'S a win-win, you really got yourself covered here Deb! [​IMG]

    I never said I was STUPID! [​IMG]
     

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