Is this a hen mounting my hens? or is it a roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sushai, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Sushai

    Sushai Out Of The Brooder

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    As the subject says...is this a hen mounting my hens or is it a roo?

    Bit of background info...over the weekend my husband and I went out and bought ourselves
    two hens to add to our small flock. Well the previous owner told us that they were both hens.
    3 days later in the early hours of the morning, when out feeding my little flock, I catch this 'hen'
    mounting my other hen?!?! Now this 'hen' hasnt crowed, it has attempted to, as I witnessed this
    afternoon, but no sound comes out...yet another puzzling question.
    Now since, catching this 'hen' in the act, I have seen it doing it a few times with the other hens, but with
    one in particular. This 'hen' is taller and skinnier than all my other hens. Its wattles and comb is larger than the
    rest and its legs are much thicker.

    Now the question, roo or hen?

    Also, does anyone know the breed?

    Here are some piccies for you all to suss out...(they're a bit blurred, but its the best I could do as it moves too much
    and I've taken them with my cell phone)

    Attempting a soundless crow
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    The clearest pic of the lot
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  2. Tropical Chook

    Tropical Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry I can't be of much help telling if it's a hen or roo because I'm only familiar with the Thai game birds. From your description though, I would say it's a rooster. My huge Thai fighting cock does crow, but quite often he just goes through the motion and no sound comes out. Unfortunately that doesn't happen in the early morning though. Not that I object to crowing at all, because in fact, I like the sounds of nature - pure music if you ask me. Anyway, I just thought I should let you know about the silent crowing. If you have no other roosters around, you could always check an egg or two for fertility. Also, are you sure it's actually trying to do the deed, rather than just being the dominant hen?

    Sure others will post soon as well [​IMG]
     
  3. Sushai

    Sushai Out Of The Brooder

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    I've had 3 roos before this one, and this one does the same as those
    when it comes to mounting. I guess im just stumped at its behaviour
    as I was told it was a hen.

    Also, the coop in which this 'hen' was it was all roos in there, except 3 hens
    1 which is this one. Maybe the previous owner got it wrong, or this 'hen'
    is mimicking those other roos behaviours..dont know if they do that though
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Now doubt. It's a roo.
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Mixed breed rooster. [​IMG] Sorry. He's going to be handsome in a few more months! [​IMG]
     
  6. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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  7. chicken wild

    chicken wild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    roo
     
  8. shell25

    shell25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a roo, ive just had the same problem we thought we had purchased 3 pullets 2 weeks ago and i had my thoughts 1 was a roo, but i kept getting mixed comments as to he or she, so today whilst hanging the washing out i found the 1 in my suspicions mounting one of my other girls, i took him back to where we got "her" from and he confirmed she was infact a he, luckly for us he allowed us to swap him for a she as we aren't allowed roo's in the area we live.
     
  9. Sushai

    Sushai Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your replies everyone.
    I've been wanting a roo for a while, so Im glad
    we got him unexpectedly.
    Im not allowed to have a roo in this area but will keep
    him until they say he has to go.
    Hope to get some chickies from him.

    I love baby chicks, they're adorable, it's unfortunate that
    they grow up so fast [​IMG]
     

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