My hen started crowing! Is she a rooster???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lissalischicks, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. lissalischicks

    lissalischicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I am concerned my chicken is a rooster. Today she attempted to crow. Multiple ppl, including the vet, has stated she is a female but I am having my doubts. She is a blue orpington. This is her at 12 weeks [​IMG]
    This is her today at 17 weeks[​IMG]
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    I know females can crow too but I am confused about her
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    females do indeed sometimes crow if there isn't a rooster. she does have a big comb for a hen her age but her tail isn't very rooish
     
  3. lissalischicks

    lissalischicks Out Of The Brooder

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    This is a better picture of her tail and she is 15 weeks. I might be over reacting .... [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    that tail is just making it hard to tell, it's starting to curl over, but just wait and see
     
  5. redguinea

    redguinea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow this is a hard one! The pic of her at 12 weeks looks definitely like a pullet, but now she is looking more rooster like. I've had hens that make croaky noises like they were attempting to crow but its sounded completely different to an actual rooster. Keep us updated :)
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The bottom two pictures show a decidedly male bird. That patchy, uneven blue shading is a dead give away. And male feathering is coming in. Orpingtons can be slow to mature. Your's is a cockerel, for sure.
     
  7. lissalischicks

    lissalischicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok another question. When will I know for sure......
     
  8. redguinea

    redguinea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should be able to tell soon, if you see/hear more crowing. The tail feathers and the comb are looking very rooster like, they will be growing at a faster rate now if it is a rooster. It may have been a late bloomer.
     
  9. lissalischicks

    lissalischicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Well after a week being in denial and weeks of ignoring my gut feeling I have to admit defeat and say my girl us really a rooster. He is trying to crow more only in the mornings but he is scared of the older hens and is still on the bottom of the food chain. At least right now he is still sweet, curious, nice and purrs when you hold him.
    [​IMG]trying to intimidate the other hen but lost

    [​IMG] trying to scare off the dog but my dog didn't care about him
     
  10. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, that's a adolescent rooster, showing off.
     

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