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Is my flock all hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by EMS2005, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. EMS2005

    EMS2005 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok well not all, because a couple were being difficult to photograph. I've got 8 birds that are about 17 1/2 weeks old.
    My husband teases me saying they're all roosters. :D No crowing yet, though. Let me know what you think and if better pictures are needed, I'll do my best to get some.

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    Three of my four New Hampshire Reds and one of my three Barred Rocks
    The Barred Rock looks potentially rooster-like
    The Reds sort of worry me too, but not as bad; in online pics I've seen, the roos are obvious-looking.
    The fourth one has beautiful neck feathers, but it's the smallest of the bunch

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    A close up of the Rock in question--it's the tail feathers that make me wonder, but also the comb and wattles seem slightly more pronounced and redder than the other two Rocks.

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    One of my other Rocks for comparison; the third one looks just like this one.


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    My lone Buff Orpington.
     
  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all pullets
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    All girls. The wonky tail feather is the result of a juvenile molt. If you notice, those are the only proper tail feathers left. And you see how slim they are? That's because they are from back when she was a baby. Once she's done growing in the new, grown up sized tail feathers, she'll be ready to start laying.
     
  4. EMS2005

    EMS2005 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! My husband may still tease me, though. ;) I wouldn't mind a rooster down the road, if I continue with future flocks, but for now, I'm relieved. :)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    all girls [​IMG]
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Pullets
     
  7. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree, all pullets. Btw.. I love my NHR. Had two, but dog killed one. Very friendly, sweet birds. Consistent layers, too.
     
  8. CiceroXY

    CiceroXY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All pullets [​IMG]
     
  9. X2!your lucky, all little itty bitty pullets!
     
  10. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

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    Agree with the others, all pretty pullets! Love the black in the New Hampsire's tails, so pretty! And all the Buff Orpingtons I've experienced are the sweetest things, so I hope yours turns out just as sweet. :)
     
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