Please look and tell me if these are hens or roos!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 5parkers, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. 5parkers

    5parkers New Egg

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    HI! I live in a quiet subdivision and DEFINATELY can not have roos! I ordered chicks before, all pullets, and ended up with 2 roos. Now I have a new batch from a local farmer and they are supposed to be all hens. There is one RIR and one Buff O in question. You can probably tell which two I'm talking about by looking at the pics. Their combs are much more prodominant then the others, and they squabble with each other quite a bit- bumping each other's chests. The farmer told me he usually sexes them very accurately, but if he is wrong I can bring them back and switch them out. I just want to make sure before they get much older. They are about 6 weeks old right now. Thanks so much for your advice!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I would be suspicious they are roos, too, but I wonder whether there is any way to be certain yet.

    I wonder if it is too early to tell by pointed saddle feathers; you might check that out. Or even/uneven flight feathers -- if you spread the wing open and they are uneven it is supposed to be female; even, male. Mine are 6 weeks and I can see the even/uneven flight feathers clearly. The ones with larger/redder combs also have even looking flight feathers. Remains to be seen whether this will prove to be correct, of course.
     
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    They both look like roos to me :-( better trade em quick
     
  4. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Quote:Sexing birds by their feathering, I believe, is only accurate when certain birds are bred, not all birds. It is also only accurate for the first couple days of life. After that, it is just coincidence.

    I would want to see larger pictures of the birds in question to say for sure, but they could be roos.

    Edited to add: I clicked on the pictures to make them bigger (duh [​IMG] ). Those two do look like roos at this point, but if it were me, I would wait a bit longer to make sure.
     
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  5. Willjg

    Willjg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there,

    Sorry, but they look like little roos to me too.
    But they look real nice tho!

    Bill.
     
  6. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Those two are definitely roos - besides the large combs, they also have developed wattles.
     
  7. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert but I'd say they are probably roos given that their combs an wattles are so much larger than the others of the same age.
     
  8. 5parkers

    5parkers New Egg

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    Thanks so much everyone!
    I traded them out just to make sure!
     

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