Jersey Giant hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bamalynn, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. bamalynn

    bamalynn New Egg

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    I have two black Jersey Giants born 4/29/12 and I've just started getting eggs from ONE of them. I'm beginning to wonder if I have a hen AND a rooster? I was told I was getting two pullets, but you know how that goes. Anyway, the larger of the two has a bigger comb, more red on the face, but very even tempered and doesn't crow. They both make the low gutteral "growling" noises, nothing remarkeably different between them vocally. Lucky me, I went and got a rooster thinking I only had two hens already. UGH! I'm hoping a seasoned Jersey Giant owner/breeder can tell by sight what I have here? The smaller one has a birthday of 7/15/12, so it may be still too soon to be 100% sure of "his" sex. I am soooo hoping I only have one rooster, but we'll see????
    Thanks in advance for all the help!
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    The one in front is the youngest "rooster?", the one in the middle is the suspected rooster though no proof other than color and size of comb and jowels, one in back I believe to be my hen. Again, I started getting eggs just a week ago from them, but only one a day. :(
     
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  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Let's see the tail of the rooster suspect.
     
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  4. bamalynn

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    Ok, here's a few pics of tails on the subject "girls". Our "boy" is on the right.
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  5. bamalynn

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    Oh, and she/he squats and stamps its feet when they greet me in the morning. Hubby calls it the "chicken dance" because that's what it looks like she/he is doing! Wings slightly outstretched, and crouches down low and stomps the feet back and forth real fast. No aggression or noise, just the little dance lasting about 3-4 seconds. Thought I'd throw that out there if it helps! ;)
     
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    At 5 months of age I'm guessing this bird is a pullet. However, I purchased a Jersey Giant from local breeder who was much like yours. Very iffy on gender. Since I didn't need a rooster I re-homed him where he still resides today. I'm saying 'he' because although this bird has not crowed, neither has he laid an egg.
     
  7. RachaelS

    RachaelS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am guessing pullet and she is the one that is laying.
     
  8. bamalynn

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    So, the littlest one is our "rooster" to be, or so we were told. Is it still too soon to tell if they got his sex correct? The one in the pictures with the dark red comb and head, looks to be a hen? That's great to hear. I'm hoping to find two eggs each day, but so far, just the one. Any comment on the little dance that the big one is doing? Is this just a happy dance or is it indicitive of a particular sex?
     
  9. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    this is the one laying the egg

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  10. bamalynn

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    Ok thanks! This whole time I was worried that she was a he b/c of the comb and head being so dark red! The other hen's comb is much more muted and smaller than this one's. Great info to know and I am so very pleased that she is a she after all! She does the a dance when I bring tomatoes and bananas to them in the morning, the cutest little dance ever, but her behavior left me stumped. Now, I just have to wait for my little guy to grow up a bit so that I can tell for sure which he is. If I only have hens, that'll be fine too, but I love the look of the big roosters, and the ones I have met are such sweethearts! Thanks again for all the input and answers! What was the dead giveaway to know she wasn't a rooster though? What can I look for with my little guy as he grows up that will easily let me know????
     

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