is it a boy

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bekki, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. bekki

    bekki New Egg

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    hi we have a standard laying chicken and a barred rock and we think the barred may be a boy if it is what age can they start to breed as it has tried to mount the other chicken witch we know is a girl as it has been laying for a while and is also older that the barred. please help
     
  2. Morgaine

    Morgaine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Texas
    How old is the chicken? If it is a rooster it will have longer and more pointed feathers on its neck and back. If it's old enough to breed it may start crowing soon. I have also noticed that roosters have thicker legs than hens. Posting a picture would be helpfull too.
     
  3. bekki

    bekki New Egg

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    well it about 5 month old but this being the first time ive kept chickens im a little confused
     
  4. Morgaine

    Morgaine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Texas
    If he has long feathers along his neck and back and long tail feathers it is a rooster. Have you tried looking at feathersite.com and comparing your chickens to the ones on there?
     
  5. bekki

    bekki New Egg

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    no i havent ill give that a try but it seems to be moulting at to moment so i dont know if that makes a difference
     
  6. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    if you can post a pic we can tell you [​IMG]
     
  7. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I know that I'm getting eggs made fertile by my 8mo old roosters. I think they've been fertile since at least 6 months old.
     
  8. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Oh, and you can look at the eggs when you crack them to see if they're fertile or not.

    All egg yolks have a small white dot on them, I think it's a blastoma. That might not be the right term, but it's on all egg yolks. If it's a tiny, round dot, it's not fertile. If it looks more like a bullseye, it is fertile.

    Here's a link with some really good info and pictures for telling a fertile egg from a non-fertile one:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

    You can figure out for yourself if your rooster is fertilizing the eggs or not! [​IMG]

    Good luck, and let us know the answer, please.
     
  9. bekki

    bekki New Egg

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    hi all just to let you know its a boy he started crowing and his spur buds are getting huge thankyou for all the help
     

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