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Is this a Roo or Hen? RIR or another breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 4halls, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. 4halls

    4halls Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2015
    Hi all! I can't figure out if these are roos or hens. I thought the one below is a RIR hen, but she is aggressive toward the other birds, mounts them and is 30 weeks and hasn't laid one egg. I couldn't get a good snapshot of her face, but I was hoping by saddle and tail feathers someone who is better versed could tell. She started to squat late in the summer, but when it turned off cold she stopped acting like a hen.


    This is my RIR rooster. Of that I am certain :)

    This is my sex-link and I''m not sure if she's a roo or a hen either! Gosh! I'm TERRIBLE at this!! I have 3 other birds I KNOW are hens as they came from friends. These were the only ones I'm uncertain about.

    Thanks for helping this newbie backyard chicken owner!!
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    First bird looks like a mixed breed rooster. The Rhode Island Red is also a male. Look at their back feathers. Do you see how both of the have the same long, thin, pointed feathering? Those are male saddle feathers.
    Need a better picture and the age of the black one.
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    x2. The black one looks like a cockerel to me as well, if it is it is not a Sex Link but perhaps a Australorp or similar.
  4. 4halls

    4halls Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2015
    Thank you! You are so helpful. The long, thin pointed feathering is what made me think the mixed breed could be a rooster. I thought it could've been a difference in breed, but the mixed showed all signs other signs of being male.

    Same with the black one. Its characteristics and mannerisms favor the other two and I thought I might have more roosters than hens. Ugh!
  5. 4halls

    4halls Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2015
    Thanks! For the breed of the black one, I am only going by what a friend told me. I live in an area where most of our chickens come from animal sale barns/livestock auctions. More roosters come out of those places than preferred!! Thanks for your help.
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    The unknown one is a mixed breed rooster. The black one is a rooster.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  8. showinbirds

    showinbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2011

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