Is my bossy hen crowing or is she a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Stargazerranch, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Stargazerranch

    Stargazerranch New Egg

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    Hi:

    My Ameraucana hen Hillary started making crowing noises a few days ago. She is 2 months old now and currently the boss of the other 11 hens (she doesn't know yet that the others will end up being double her weight [​IMG] ).

    I can't see much of a difference between her and the other hens and would really be surprised if she turned out to be a rooster. The only thing is that her comb is a bit redder than that of my other Ameraucana.

    Can it be that she is crowing to show off her dominance?

    If she is a rooster what do I need to look for?

    Thanks!
     
  2. cristina33

    cristina33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personaly would think that the crowing is a sure sign you have a rooster [​IMG] .

    Good Luck
    Cristina
     
  3. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    I don't think she's a rooster. a lot of hens do crow for some reason lol
    Has she started laying yet? The redness in her comb might simply be the natural thing that happens to egg laying hens, or when they are about to lay, their combs/faces turn red. Our young red star hen, Cinnamon, has a pretty big comb, but she's a hen because she lays eggs. So it may just be because she is developing faster, too. And yes, she is probably showing dominance over the other hens. Please post a picture of her if you can! That would help! [​IMG]
    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. Stargazerranch

    Stargazerranch New Egg

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    It's not a full crow (yet?), more a training crowing. If that's the best she/he can do, I got a pretty pathetic roo...
     
  5. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    hens crow too, just not as much. But some signs of a rooster are:
    long, curved tail feathers.
    large comb(but some hens have pretty big combs)
    actual crowing(not just loud cackling)
    and that is all I really know. There are much more signs. hopefully someone can give you more advice. [​IMG]
     
  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    oops just saw that she is 2 months old. [​IMG]
    if she was a rooster, I think she would be crowing better by now??? [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2008
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    2 months old? You have a boy!

    If she was 2 years old, lead of the pack, and looked like a girl, laid eggs, and then crowed... that's different.

    But at 2 months old, he's an early bloomer for some breeds! At 2 months old, boys and girls can look pretty similar. Any red in a comb or even pinkining is a good sign of boy. In the next few months, you'll be able to see sickles and hackles growing in too.
     
  8. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
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    ya you may be right....I just now realized that she was 2 months and thought, "wait. she couldn't be getting red in the face right now from beginning to lay eggs!" silly me. Ya I guess you got a rooster maybe. But please do post pictures. [​IMG]
     
  9. mtngirl

    mtngirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Just watch and see if her comb gets bigger and if spurs start popping out. PLEASE post pics.[​IMG]
     
  10. Stargazerranch

    Stargazerranch New Egg

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    Here's a pic of Hillary (or possibly Hillaroo)

    [​IMG]
     

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