is she is or is she ain't a hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JodyRB, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. JodyRB

    JodyRB New Egg

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    This is my first experience with chickens, and I'm loving it. I got four chicks, one of which is a speckled Sussex. They're now just over 4 months old, and I've begun to wonder about her (him?). She's always been the most assertive, and now her tail feathers look more like a rooster's, and she has a small nubbin on each leg where spurs would be. The feathers on her back look more like a rooster's feathers, too. She has also been crowing, or something like it. I'm not sure now whether I've got a cockerel or just a really [​IMG]

    butch pullet. Any help out there?
     
  2. Stiggy

    Stiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its Boy look at his feathering, tail rump and pointy saddle feathers. And if he is crowing... Yes you have a Boy
     
  3. Rocky Rhodes

    Rocky Rhodes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know you are joking, right? A rooster doesn't lay eggs just as a hen doesn't crow. A young male or "cockerel" will begin crowing and sound like a sick teenage boy trying to sing.[​IMG] You have a beautiful cockerel there... but I think you already knew that.[​IMG]
     
  4. Rocky Rhodes

    Rocky Rhodes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, By the way...[​IMG]Welcome to BYC, from the great state of Georgia!!
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You have a pretty cockerel.
     
  6. JodyRB

    JodyRB New Egg

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    Thanks, everyone. I did have my suspicions, but I hadn't been able to find info on the developmental schedule for cockerels. Well, that's why I got four chicks, because I really only need three for egg production. He'll have to get a new name, though! Since they spend a large portion of their time free ranging on my 5 acres, having a rooster to protect them will be a good thing, and he does have a nice personality. He even sits on my lap and lets me preen his neck feathers!
     

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