Not so sure about this "hen"

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by allhisblessings, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. allhisblessings

    allhisblessings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to chickens. A friend gave me this one, and isn't sure of the age but believes he/she isn't old enough to lay eggs. My rooster was puffing up at her/him yesterday like he wanted a fight. I don't know what breed either, but surely a mix bantam!
     
  2. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    thats a cockerel about 13-15 weeks of age and looks like a mix
     
  3. Texas Wolf

    Texas Wolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like a cockerel
     
  4. mairead

    mairead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like a rooster to me. the blue/green tail feathers are coming in.
     
  5. allhisblessings

    allhisblessings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, do hens never have blue/green on their tails?
    Sad, if he is a rooster. We may have to find a new home for him.
     
  6. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kind of, but not nearly as pronounced as the males, at least from what I've seen. I have a black Wyandotte pullet that has some faint green sheening to her feathers, but you have to see her in the right light for it to stand out much.

    Also, with your cockerel - See how his tail feathers are starting to curve down? They will probably get longer and develop a nice sickle shape to them. Lots of breeds have that in the roos.

    I wonder if he has some kind of game breed in him?
     
  7. allhisblessings

    allhisblessings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very interesting! Yes, it was definitely those feathers that made me question "her". As for his parentage, he was born free range in the woods on her land and she caught him. Who knows WHAT he is! Personally, I kinda think he looks like a turkey vulture! ;-) ;-) LOL
     
  8. allhisblessings

    allhisblessings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious, what is it that gives you the age? Because that's what my friend guessed also.
     
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Probably because he has that gangly look to him...skinny, comb and wattles not fully developed, and the salt and pepper look on the neck appears to be still feathering in...???
    That's too bad he'll have to go. I wish roosters got along with one another better...I'd keep a bunch if they did.
     
  10. Happy Chooks

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