Is it normal for her to look like this??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by nuttyredhead, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    So my flock is 24 weeks old. I have 2 brown leghorns that look very very different. The are both pretty much the same size wise but the comb and wattles are very different. Is it normal to have such different growth rates?


  2. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

    Sep 2, 2008
    Esk Qld Australia
    The bottom one is a rooster.
  3. BusyBlonde

    BusyBlonde Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2011
    Bessemer City, NC
    x2 - first is a hen, second is a rooster.
  4. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
  5. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Both hens. Bottom on closer to lay or is laying, and the other is not.
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  6. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    I don't think it's "normal" per say to have such a big difference, but it's not that uncommon either. You just have different genetics at work in each hen.

    They are definitely both hens. Leghorn hens can have enormous combs and wattles. If the bottom one were a rooster, it would have very different coloring on the neck and what little of the breast you can see in the photo (the hackle feathers would be a more yellow golden color either without the black markings on them or with much less black and the breast would be black).
  7. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH

    Hmm interesting. Now i have another roo, very dominent and talks to his ladies all day long showing them treats and such. Would it be normal for them to get along? They do seem to be side by side quite a bit. Here is them a pic of them together and one of the suspected roo's back feathers.


  8. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    I have a flock of white and brown leghorns. At 24 weeks old, both birds are hens, no doubt. Growth rates can vary greatly between hatch mates. Those girls look healthy to me.
  9. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    They're both hens. Below is a photo of a rooster:

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  10. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH

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