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Is my RIR hen a rooster? Comb, talons, squawking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by suebmoe, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. suebmoe

    suebmoe Hatching

    Apr 8, 2012
    I have a few Rhode Island Reds and thought they were all hens. We had an Australorp rooster for a couple of years, but had to find a home for him when he was bothering the neighbors. I think we had him for a couple of years, but he's been out of the coop for a year, at least.

    Recently I noticed that one of the RIR hens has a much more pronounced comb and talons on the side of her legs the way a rooster does. And, while she doesn't crow like the Australorp rooster did, she is far noisier than any of our other hens and squawks quite a bit. But her tail looks the same as the other hens' tails.

    Still...is it possible she might be a rooster, or is she just a super-aggresive hen? Any thoughts?

  2. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Songster

    Oct 11, 2011
    Sounds like it may be a more dominate hen...but post pictures and we can tell you 100%

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