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Rhode Island Red rooster lays egg

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cockahen, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. Cockahen

    Cockahen New Egg

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    This spring I bought 6 pullets at tractor supply...or what I thought were all pullets. One of the "hens" was looking more and more like a male so we figured tractor supply just made a mistake and put a rooster in with its pullets so we just kept it and let it go where it wanted. Today I went outside and the rooster was squatting in its pen(not the nesting boxes) and it laid a medium size white egg, the second it hit the ground the hens rushed over and ate the egg. It was its only egg I know of. Is it a rooster or hen? Why did it lay an egg?[​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] It is 100 % a hen, and it laid an egg because that is what hens do. Absolutely no rooster feathering characteristics, and large combs on laying hens are the norm.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I will always bow to the wisdom of Sourland. And :welcome!
     
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  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You have a female. The red comb meant that eggs were on the way, not cock-a-doodle-doos.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    That's the good news, the bad news is egg eating is a hard habit to stop. The others will quickly learn to do the same thing.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    If the shell was broken or soft, it's fair game. However, to be sure it's not related to a protein deficiency, be sure to keep them on grower until they are all laying. And minimize treats.
     
  8. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! :frow welcome to
    BYC! Congrats on the egg
     
  9. patsalters

    patsalters New Egg

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    In late April I aired 15 pullets, 10 wyandotte, and 5 Brown Leghorn, and one Leghorn cockrell. My grandkids suggested I name the Cockrell Chanteclair which I did. In the last tree days Chanteclair has laid two eggs. I've now determined he is a cross dresser and her name has been changed to Clair. Big combs and wattles do not make a rooster. LOL.
     
  10. patsalters

    patsalters New Egg

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    In late April I aquired 15 pullets, 10 wyandotte and 5 Brown Leghorn. I also purchased one Leghorn cockrell. My wonderful grandkids suggested naming him Chanteclair.
    In the last 3 days I observed Chanteclair laying 2 eggs. He is beautiful, large red comb and wattles, superior in size to the rest. I am of the opinion that roosters do not lay eggs. Chanteclair is a cross dresser and now goes by Clair. LOL.
    A large comb and wattles do NOT A ROOSTER MAKE.
     

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