Is this really a hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by vonchick, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. vonchick

    vonchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought 2 black sex-link chicks at the feed store, both black, one with a white dot on it's head. The one with the dot grew into a beautiful barred cockerel, the solid black one a black pullet. The black one has fought from the day we brought them home at 2 weeks of age, she fights with all of the chickens. The cockerel, on the other hand is a pacifist. We have five other chickens (best guess 1 cockerel and 4 hens) all roughly the same age. At 12 weeks the cockerels started crowing, and the next day the hen did too. She now not only out fights the cockerels, she outcrows them too. She also chases all the chickens. I've read about hens crowing when there are no roosters, but that's not the case here. Is this dominant hen behavior? This is our first time raising chickens, and we're very confused! I've included photos of both the sex-link chickens - they're almost 13 weeks old.

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    Blackbird - hen?

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    Blackbird and the cockerel TK
     
  2. CCFarms9559

    CCFarms9559 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I'm not really experienced, but she looks like my black sexlinks. And one of them is just down right nasty - I was going to say "fowl".... Mine doesn't crow, but she thinks she is the boss of all the other chickens!
     
  3. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    For 13 weeks I'm going for boy. My sexlinks don't look like that either. BUT... I may be wrong. [​IMG]

    this is one of my black sexlinks as a baby, just about 2 days old
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    older...
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    all grown up
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    hope this helps!! [​IMG]
     
  4. bella1210

    bella1210 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think it is a roo
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    13 weeks, that is a roo... and doesn't look like a sexlink either.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    He's a cockerel and not a sex link.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    It's a cockeral and not a black sex link.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2010
  8. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

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    No, not a sex link; nor is that a hen. That bird looks very roo-ish for his age.
     
  9. BrianT

    BrianT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's a dang good lookin whatever he is.[​IMG]
     
  10. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like one of my barred rock roos also 13 weeks
    he's the one in the dish
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