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Is my chicken a hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bigz1983, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. bigz1983

    bigz1983 Chirping

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    I recently bought 3 golden campine hens and a rooster.

    The rooster is the oldest of them all and the oldest hen is around 18 weeks and she crows. The chicken to the right is the rooster in the pic and the hen in question is on the left.

    The lady I bought it from said she was a hen. It has all the markings of a hen and lacks the colorful pointy saddle feathers.

    Why is it crowing? Could it be a hen feathered rooster?
     

  2. PhoenixFan

    PhoenixFan In the Brooder

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    Based on what I can see, they are all cockerels. At that age, a hen's comb wouldn't be nearly that red and large. Campine roosters don't seem to have as prominent of saddle feathers as other breeds.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Campine roosters can be 'hen' feathered. They are all likely male.
     
  4. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Crowing

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    You've got two pair, the "hen" that's to the left and closest to you is a cockerel.
     
  5. bigz1983

    bigz1983 Chirping

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    Okay here are some more pics.
     
  6. bigz1983

    bigz1983 Chirping

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    The rooster "Fog horn" has very prominent saddle feathers.
     
  7. bigz1983

    bigz1983 Chirping

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    I read that hen feathered golden campine roosters are very uncommon in the U.S.
     

  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree
     
  9. bigz1983

    bigz1983 Chirping

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    Well all 4 ended up being roosters. The lady I bought them from wouldn't give me my money back either. $40 for 4 roosters. lol
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    One of those times that I am so sorry I was right. And shame on the seller for not making it right with you. Should have refunded your money if you paid for pullets.
     

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