Is it possible to have a rooster that will never breed anything?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by imthedude, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. imthedude

    imthedude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2010
    I've had this bird for a little over a year now (Barred Rock), and I thought for the longest time that it was a hen, but I haven't seen it on or coming off of a nest in what seems like a really long time, if ever (haven't tried the lipstick or food coloring trick to know for sure if s/he is laying). S/he has a massive comb and wattles compared to my other BR hens, but the ticker seems to be the shanks of the legs. They are yellow, not the dark color that the hens have. S/he attempts a very feeble crow occasionally. Funny thing is if it is indeed a rooster, I have never once seen it try to mate any of the birds in my flock. Can it possibly be a hen that does not lay or a rooster that does not breed? Inquiring minds want to know.
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  2. tnchickenut

    tnchickenut It's all about the Dels!

    Jan 24, 2010
    Englewood, TN
    I have a few that are just not active. For the record, they have other roosters with them (because they weren't doing it for the hens) and they don't do the roosters either. They just want to eat and poop.
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  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    You could post a pic- BR are usually pretty easy to sex...
  4. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2009
    I imagine that hormonal problems exist in chickens, as they do in people. Please post a photo.
  5. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hard to tell without seeing it, but maybe its one of those hens masquerading as a rooster?

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