Is this RIR a hen or a roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sherwoodchicks, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. sherwoodchicks

    sherwoodchicks In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2013
    Southern California
    We just got this two week old RIR to replace my 3.5 month old RIR that turned out to be a roo (we are in the process of re-homing him). I'm REALLY hoping this is a hen. In the last picture, the RIR is in the back and you can see how her tail sticks straight up - not sure if that means girl or boy (or neither). Please help.



  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    It's too early to tell and they all get funny feathers when they are first feathering in.

    Right now, there is nothing that indicates roo.

    Roos will feather in much slower than hens and get a bigger redder comb sooner, usually by 4 or 5 weeks you'll see a pronounced difference in the comb size and redness. They don't get the tell tale tail feathers until 12 weeks or beyond, often not until 4 months depending upon the breed.

    Post again in a couple of weeks.
    Lady of McCamley
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
  3. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Very ambiguous at the moment. The tail being upright doesn't specify gender, rather it usually specifies attitude. ;) The crest is also neither here nor there... Possibly looking more male than female though. It would help to see another of the same breed at the same age that's been kept on the same diet in the same environment from the same family... lol... And even that wouldn't guarantee anything. How helpful of me, I know.

    I don't know if RIRs have that slower male feathering some breeds do. I breed mongrels and notice males usually feather slower than females, with the primaries or secondaries emerging before the other feathers rather than in one synchronized growth with all the wing feathers like a female tends to show.

    Right now I'm only slightly more in favor of male over female. If you post again in another week or two or three it should be obvious. Sorry. Someone more expert with breeds may come along and answer your question.
  4. sherwoodchicks

    sherwoodchicks In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2013
    Southern California
    Thank you both for your input. Yes, a bit too early. I'm just so eager since the last RIR turned out to be a roo. I'll post again in a couple weeks. Thank you!
  5. ClucksAndPeeps

    ClucksAndPeeps Songster

    Aug 8, 2013
    Little to early to tell, but looks like a pullet.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Ya, way early to tell for sure, but I don't like to see a noticeable comb at that age, I am leaning slightly towards it being a roo.

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