Please Help Determine the Fate of this Rhode Island Red... Hen or Roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by OpenHands, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. OpenHands

    OpenHands New Egg

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    Hi everyone. I am a first time chicken owner, live in an urban area with very few resources around, so I really appreciate any help you all can offer.

    Meet Ginger.

    Ginger is a 5 month old Rhode Island Red. This week Ginger has started crowing- first at 7:30 in the morning, then getting progressively earlier until today she started up at just after 5, still dark out. The sound is loud and very much a crow. Wish I could publish a sound file and let you hear it! Beautiful sound but our neighbors are starting to worry.

    Thing is, Ginger has no spurs, hasn't made much noise until now. Hasn't displayed any aggressive behavior or mounted the other two (Ameracuanas)

    I've read that it could just be pre-laying behavior- none of the chickens have laid eggs yet.

    But my oh my, the crowing is loud and persistant. Usually settles down by mid-day.

    Please check out these photos and let me know what you think, or any other advice about how to quiet them down. If you want a photo of any other part of the chicken let me know!

    Many thanks!

    Christine

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  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    its a roo.
     
  3. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Sorry, but Ginger is a "he".
     
  4. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    You can tell it's a rooster by looking at the hackle and tail feathers. A RIR roo will have pointed tips on the hackle feathers. You can also see the start of saddle feathers growing. Beautiful bird!
     
  5. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Better change it's name to George! Definitely roo!
     
  6. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    Looks kind of rooish to me too.
     
  7. OpenHands

    OpenHands New Egg

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    Even with no spurs?

    (insert hopeful whimper here)

    Do others concur?
     
  8. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    ROO [​IMG]
     
  9. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    That is a handsome fella! The spurs will come later....he sure is a pretty boy!
     
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Aw, poor Ging...er...George.
     

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