Is this hen or roo, please. Gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jools8, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. jools8

    jools8 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I've raised this bird from a 1 week old chick and I'm completely new to chicken keeping though now thoroughly addicted! Anyway, this is my adopted bird, now at 12 weeks. Any ideas if it is a rooster or hen? Someone suggested it's a white leghorn. Would you agree on this? Thanks v.much, any info valuable


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  2. chseeads

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 12 weeks with that much comb and wattle growth, I would say rooster, and it does look like a Leghorn probably.
     
  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    The cranky look on his face makes me think rooster. But perhaps he's just not happy with what's in that feeding dish.
     
  4. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say for only 12 weeks, that much comb and the tail feathers starting, I would guess rooster. When you can see pointed or round saddle feathers, that will help confirm it. (pointed for a roo, round for a hen)
     
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  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    I don't know, leghorns get a lot of comb, early, but it is pretty red. I guess I would still have to lean toward rooster.
     
  6. chseeads

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got red and brown leghorn pullets right now that are 4 months old and none of them have that much comb and stuff yet...their combs have just lately started getting a little bigger.
     
  7. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    It's a roo - even leghorn pullets do not have that developed of a comb & wattles at 12 weeks of age. It does look like a leghorn to me too.

    This is one of my leghorn pullets at 14 weeks of age (sorry it's not a better photo - it's the only one I have of them at this age)
    If you look close, you can still see her comb & wattles though:
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    19 weeks of age (2-3 weeks before she started laying).
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  8. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say white leghorn and looks to be a rooster as well. In my experience my leghorn hens had big combs but they didnt develop them till later than twelve weeks.
     
  9. chicktwit

    chicktwit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can tell if it's a leghorn if you surprize it. They tend to be verrrrrrrrrrry nervous!! I personally think it's a roo. [​IMG]
     
  10. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say rooster also- from those two curved tail feathers starting to grow. As big as it is - it won't be long before you 'll know for sure. Leghorn Roosters are beautiful but sometimes a little aggressive so watch for that. Maybe you'll get the exception and he'll be a big old teddy bear!!
     

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