Is this RIR a rooster or just a developing hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MichiganChickens, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. MichiganChickens

    MichiganChickens In the Brooder

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    13-14 weeks old Rhode island red. Rooster or Hen? 20190720_162555.jpg
     
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  2. A.M. Eggs

    A.M. Eggs Songster

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    It's a hen! At around her age they are beginning to mature into laying hens making their combs and wattles turn red and grow larger. She is cute!
     
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  3. grayjay11o

    grayjay11o Songster

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    Hen, I think
     
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  4. TwoChicksChix

    TwoChicksChix Songster

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    Yeah that’s a hen. A rooster would have much bigger comb and wattles than that. When a hens face starts to get more red it means she’s getting closer to laying.
     
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  5. MountainGaurdian

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    I would go with hen myself. Hens can have a big crest and waddle as well, they can even have big fighting claws, the one thing that hens are generally always missing is the rooster tail fan. I have a number of hens with the same coloring, but mine have a good 3/4 inch to 1 inch crest and reasonably good sized waddles.

    An interesting note, if a hen has an infection that damages her good ovary she will actually take on the physical traits and behavior of a rooster. The amount of variability can be a bit confusing at times, but you eventually get a sense between the look and behavior who is what.
     
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  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Looks like a pullet to me.
     
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  7. MichiganChickens

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    Wonderful thank you everyone!!!!
     

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