is it a rooster or a hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by audrey1236902, May 11, 2007.

  1. audrey1236902

    audrey1236902 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a silver spangled hamburg that is 4 weeks old. It has wattles that are just starting to develop, it also has a red comb the wattles are red too. If I lay it on it's back it doesn't kick. This is the only hamburg I have, so I don't have other to compare to. I picked it up by it's neck and it lifted one foot up. Is it a rooster or a hen? It is also very friendly so I was wondering if the laying on the back thing could just be it's friendlyness. I have a few other chickens that are different types and I know they are hens, but none of them have red combs or wattles yet. So I was wondering if it is a rooster or a hen. I have tamed it a lot, so it doesn't seem like the tests would work.
     
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Usually the combs and waddles of pullets dont turn red until just before they starts to lay. If the comb and waddles start to turn red early, as yours has, I would believe it to be a cockerel, regardless of the behavior.


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  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you have a cockerel. Maybe these pics will help you. This is our Silver Spangled Hamburg pullet. You can see her comb and wattles are small and not red even at 2 1/2 months of age. Her comb didn't really get red until November, when she was getting near point of lay.(click on the pics for larger image.)

    At 15 days.
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    At 2 1/2 months old.
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    At 11 months old.
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  4. audrey1236902

    audrey1236902 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you!! [​IMG] It's different then the one I have. Mine is deffenitely more red of a comb plus it has wattles.
     
  5. audrey1236902

    audrey1236902 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] your chicken is glamorous!
     
  6. audrey1236902

    audrey1236902 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] now my chicken is a lot older and I have decided it is a roo when it crowed the other day.....
     

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