Is this a rooster or a hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by beritbeth, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. beritbeth

    beritbeth Out Of The Brooder

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    Recently, was given supposedly a hen and a rooster by some neighbors. Now since the rooster has died, (of unknown reasons), we are finding out that the hen seems to act more like a rooster. Next to each other it seemed obvious the difference, but now I'm not so sure. Every morning the hen crows and I am not sure if this would be common for hens. I don't really know how old it is but from what they say it could be about 7 months. Not laying yet but it sat in the nesting boxes and seemed broody for a while. Could someone look at the pictures and tell me if it is a hen or a rooster? Thanks!

    The "hen"
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    The rooster
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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Both of those birds look like roosters to me.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree a hen that crows like that, is not a hen.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Your 'hen' is a slow to mature cockerel. Looks like a Cochin mix. Cochins, in general, are a slow to develop breed.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Both birds are cockerels. Sorry. :eek:(
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Is your 'hen' the same bird in your profile pic? If so, it's clearly been a boy the whole time. He had a bright red comb while he still had chick down on his head.
     
  7. beritbeth

    beritbeth Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, it's the same picture. Good to know its a rooster! I was pretty sure it was but being new to owning chickens I was sure. On top of that the people who gave him to me said it was a hen. Maybe they know less about chickens than me. :) Thanks for all of the help!
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Maybe they were just trying to get rid of their extra boys and took advantage of your inexperience. Happens all the time.
     
  9. beritbeth

    beritbeth Out Of The Brooder

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    I am pretty sure that there are no spurs on the rooster. Is this common? Not completely sure because of the feathers on his legs but I dont really know.
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Spurs usually don't begin to develop until after 6 months old, and some roosters never grow them at all.
     

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