Is it a rooster or a hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dykely, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. dykely

    dykely Hatching

    Aug 4, 2013
    We are new to backyard chicken raising and have found this to be an extremely helpful site! Our 5 chickens are now 4 months old. We have one that we aren't sure whether its a hen or rooster. We got 5 different breeds of chickens so we don't have another of the same breed to compare (speckled Sussex) I have read some Internet sites for how to tell the difference and we are still left scratching our heads...(for simplicity I will refer to her in the female verbiage for now, after all, her name is Blanche :) She doesn't crow, doesn't appear to have spurs but does have little nubbins, and doesn't try to mount the other chickens (all of this maybe because she is too young?) She is becoming increasingly aggressive and we have handled her probably the most out of all of them. She has a very large, dark red comb and waddle. In my opinion, she looks like a rooster. I have attached a pic so maybe others with more experience could weigh in with their thoughts. Thanks for your help! [​IMG]
  2. farmerRyan

    farmerRyan In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2012
    Central Maine
    I think it looks like a rooster
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013
  3. Angelicisi

    Angelicisi Crowing

    Mar 26, 2013
    Baton Rouge area
    My Coop
    The tail screams roo....
  4. bauerdog

    bauerdog Songster

    Sep 6, 2012
    central jersey
    I hope you are allowed roosters. It is looking very likely you have one. I see saddle feathers in your picture.....
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Yep, that's a rooster.
  6. That's a cockerel.

    Here's a cock with two of hens.


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