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Is Harold really a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Shahann, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. Shahann

    Shahann Chirping

    Jan 23, 2014

    I acquired a flock of chickens and this "rooster" from a friend that moved. I got my flock of 10 chickens and a rooster in Memorial Day weekend, 2014. Is this one really a rooster? The only indication that I have is that big comb on his head. She told me he was the rooster. I notice little rooster activity. He LOVES to sit on the nest. I do have an egg eater in the group. After my son starts school (next week) I'll be able to spend more time observing and experimenting with the blown out egg and the mustard trick. (If someone else has a better idea for finding an egg eater, let me know.)

    He does not crow. He does seem to be the one that figures out things first (such as the nipple waterer, the treat ball, the apple/cucumber piƱata.) He seems to be a little more dominant in the group and close to the top of the pecking order. I do not see him mating. I do see him trying to sit on top of chickens in the nest. But is this just to get to the eggs? There is a chance he is still young. The original rooster with this flock of Buff Orpingtons was victim to a coyote around February, 2014. My friend replaced that rooster with this one. He was the same size as the other chickens in May. I've had him three months. I'm guessing he was at least four months old when I got him, making him at least six months old.

    When I tried to hatch eggs last month under an awesome brood hen, none hatched. There were no signs of chicks starting to form in the eggs after 25 days of being under the brood hen. I do not see a bulls eye on the eggs when I crack them. I cannot see an air pocket with a flashlight when I check to see if it is fertilized.

    Any ideas?

  2. StewedMammal

    StewedMammal Songster

    Feb 19, 2013
    Pembroke, MA
    Nope, Harold is a New Hampshire Red hen!
  3. nuttyboo

    nuttyboo Chirping

    May 31, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm pretty sure Harold is a Harriett and very close to laying
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Looks like a Production Red hen to me.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Production Red hen.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Hen [​IMG]

    You know, if you're at all close to me, I can fix that "no rooster" problem easily [​IMG]
  7. Table4Six

    Table4Six Crowing

    May 22, 2012
    Yes, that's a hen, and you might get some eggs from her soon![​IMG]

  8. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    You are lucky, you have a good old hen!
  9. SpringPeeper

    SpringPeeper Songster

    Apr 5, 2014
    Northern California
    When I had an egg eater, giving my birds more protein in their diet worked when all the tricks failed.

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