My buff orpington hen is crowing! Could she be a hen or a rooster?

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  1. stegohcorn

    stegohcorn New Egg

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    My 11 week old buff orpington, Ofelia, has started crowing sometimes in the morning. She's the biggest out of our 6 chickens and is at the top of the pecking order. I can't keep Ofelia if she's a rooster so I'm hoping if anyone can help and share any info they have?
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  2. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can rest easy, she's a hen! [​IMG] I've heard of dominant head hens crowing before, though I'm not exactly sure of the reason for it.

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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree with Alex. Good luck to you!
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    At 11 weeks old, with a comb that red, Ofelia is most definitely a cockerel. The darker shade of buff through the wing, and the crowing are only further confirmation.
     
  5. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert but she looks like a pullet to me. I had a Leghorn I thought was a rooster at about the same age due to long hackle feathers and a large, bright red comb but then she started laying. One of my Barred Rock hens started crowing until I got a rooster and then she quit. I think she was the dominant hen because she challenged the rooster as soon as I introduced him to the girls. Needless to say she's no longer top-chicken.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Leghorns are known for maturing fast. Orpingtons, on the other hand, are not early to mature. They are one of the slower to develop breeds.
     
  7. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh goodness, I didn't see that your Orp is 11 weeks old......so sorry about that! [​IMG] In that case, I agree with junebuggena. You've got a handsome cockerel on your hands!

    ~Alex
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. stegohcorn

    stegohcorn New Egg

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    Thanks to everyone for the help! I still hope that she's actually a she so I'm going to keep monitoring Ofelia. Also i forgot to mention that she used to be on baby chick feed that was suppose to help her grow faster so she can lay eggs faster. Dont know if that changes anything. I'll post some more pics in a week or two for more feedback.[​IMG]
     
  10. TWK777

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    I would not worry about it, its a hen. I have three hens that crow from time to time, especially when they are upset [​IMG]
     

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