Is this a hen or rooster

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by fowlerfam, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. fowlerfam

    fowlerfam New Egg

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    We think this is a black Cochin. We thought "she" was a hen, but we've had the worst track record (out of the 5 "hens" we got last year they all turned out to be roosters except this one. the other ones were different breeds though and easier to distinguish). She does make kind of a "crowing" sound, and hasn't layed any eggs and she is almost a year old. Can you tell me? Hen or Rooster? Thanks!
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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    That looks like a hen to me. But if it is "crowing" and not laying eggs at almost a year old, I might be wrong.
     
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  3. likkatron

    likkatron Out Of The Brooder

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    For being almost a year old if it was a pullet she should be laying, though if she's stressed, or for other reasons, it could prevent her from laying. If this was a cockerel the comb and wattles should already be 2 or 3 times the size. Have you seen her/he mounting other chickens, are you 100% she/he is crowing (though I know rarely hens can crow). There are other rooster behaviors like finding food for hens and making a clicking noise that basically means "I found food", and danger clucks, AND roosters do dance for hens. Any of this? I really am stumped, a cockerel at this age should have a much more developed comb and wattles, but a hen should be laying..
     
  4. StarMeKritten

    StarMeKritten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She looks like a hen to me. It looks like she gets to enjoy some free ranging! Perhaps she is hiding her eggs somewhere other than a nest box. I occasionally find eggs hidden in my barn or under a bush or the porch.
     
  5. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's hard to tell but I think it's a hen. If it's crowing though then it's a cockeral.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a hen to me.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    How often does it crow?? Does it try to breed any hens??? I'd say hen but, the crowing troubles me
     
  8. fowlerfam

    fowlerfam New Egg

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    It doesn't have a real crow, more sounds like it's trying to crow, but does't know how. It is the only one we have left, so I don't know if it would try to breed around other hens. My husband pointed out that it is actually only about 10 months old, so maybe we need to just give it a little more time. And we did leave her/him out all winter, so maybe she is getting over the stressful winter. It is starting to warm up though.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    She is a lovely Cochin. Cochin can take a while to start laying. But you may want to start observing her behavior in the mornings. She may be hiding eggs from you. And get her some friends, soon.
     
  10. fowlerfam

    fowlerfam New Egg

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    Will she do okay around little chicks if we were to get a couple more this spring?
     

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