please help! is this a rooster or a hen????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by vedrian, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. vedrian

    vedrian New Egg

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    Hi everyone, we have six 6 month old backyard chickens. We believe one of them (the leghorn) may be a rooster but we are not sure. It's comb is larger than the others but it is not crowing (yet). It is smaller in size than than all the other chickens. Also, we have been getting a white egg every day. The other hens we have are....1 rhode island red, 1 barred rock, 2 americaunas, and 1 buff orphington. As far as I know none of those breeds should be laying white eggs. I'd appreciate any help with this. My husband and I are debating on weather it is a rooster or hen. please help solve the mystery!
    Thanks,
    Jaime


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  2. GoldenCometLover

    GoldenCometLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PetRock Overrun With Chickens

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  4. kindir

    kindir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, based on the breeds you mentioned you have yourself a hen - none of those other breeds will lay a white egg. I have leghorns and there is no doubt about the whiteness of the egg!!! :)
     
  5. kindir

    kindir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just saw the pic. No doubt at all, that is a hen!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Leghorns have big combs, and are true "layers" unlike the other "dual purpose" breeds you have in your flock of six. Layers are smaller bodied birds, because they're not intended to bulk up for meat.

    So, yes, your Leghorn is a pullet and is the source of your white eggs. [​IMG]
     
  7. EGGRI-LA

    EGGRI-LA Out Of The Brooder

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    If you look behind and below the eye you will see a red patch on the RIR and wyandott and a then a white patch on the Leghorn. That is the color of egg that bird will lay. Actually the red patch indicated a brown egger,
     
  8. vedrian

    vedrian New Egg

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    Thanks everyone for your help! You solved the debate between me and my husband (and proved me to be correct)!!!! Have a great day!
     
  9. codymax2

    codymax2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a girl to me no saddle feathers, skinny legs, shes perty:p
     
  10. LaurenM23

    LaurenM23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely pullet! No saddle feathers, even with a big comb. Congrats!!![​IMG]
     

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