Our Barred Rock 'hen' just started crowing this morning.... uh oh.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by percy, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. percy

    percy Out Of The Brooder

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    We've been living in denial about our 'butch hen' but this morning he started to convince us & unfortunately the neighbors that he's a Roo.
    We should have known when the kids named 'her' "Rocky".
    We have 6 birds all together & they are 4 months old & no one is laying yet.
    I think we have to get rid of the roo..... we're bummed.
    so i just want to be absolutely sure before we make the call....
    Is there any way for a hen to be making random early morning crowing noises like a rooster - i know, long shot.
    If "Rocky" is indeed a roo, could he have done any fertilizing of our hens already, even if they haven't started to lay....
    and finally, any suggestions on how to transport a rooster back to the feed store??? box?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

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    Roosters will be more white with black barring. Hens will be more black with white barring.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

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  4. M To The Maxx

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  5. PunkinPeep

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    Yes, a box will work, but you might consider selling him instead. Just a thought.
     
  6. percy

    percy Out Of The Brooder

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    pic coming momentarily....
    Thanks... she/he's definitely more white with black....
     
  7. pkeeler

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    You don't want or can't have roos because of the noise issue, then whether the bird is a hen or not is not really an issue. Your neighbors aren't going to like a crowing hen any more [​IMG] But, the picture is pretty obviously a roo. At 4 months, he probably has fertilized the hens, if they can be fertilized. They are probably not laying because it is winter. If you want fertilized eggs, then keep him around for another month or two. But, once crowing starts, it usually only gets more frequent. If he is otherwise, non-aggressive, you could probably adopt him out or sell him.
     
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  9. percy

    percy Out Of The Brooder

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  10. percy

    percy Out Of The Brooder

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    Here he is:
    BTW, our local feed store where we got our chicks is "rooster full" & can't take him back unless someone comes in & buys one of theirs.
    so, for now, were baking cookies for the neighbors.
    If anyone in or near San Diego wants a beautiful / handsome BR Let Me Know...
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