Please help? is it a rooster?

kmchick

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OK so unfortunately I can't attach a picture for some reason. But I think my hen may actually be a rooster.. she's still small but has a big comb and wattles that are very red. When I went to let them out this morning I heard her making a really loud crowing sound. She has only just stopped making the really cute tweeting noises that chicks make and started clucking, but is now crowing too. Is she actually a he?

If it turns out to be a rooster do I have to get rid of it? I don't have time to look after chicks but will it work if I just take the eggs away so the hen doesn't sit on them? Please help I'm clueless!
 

ChickenCanoe

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You didn't say how old it is or what breeds you have.
However, if it is crowing, 99% chance it is a rooster.
You don't have to get rid of it. A rooster in the flock is a good thing.
Just because there is a rooster doesn't mean a hen will become a setter. Some breeds never sit.
Eggs have to be at incubation temperature for a couple days before you would see any development. Daily egg collection should happen anyway.
If a hen were to go broody, you wouldn't have to do anything so time shouldn't be an issue. The hen does all the work of raising them.
 

kmchick

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OK thanks that's a big help. I don't know the breed or how old it is as I was given it about a month ago. But I would guess it's about 3/4 months old.
 

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