Rhode Island Red: rooster or hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PhDtoFarm, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. PhDtoFarm

    PhDtoFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I'm new to chickens and just got my first flock of 12 (hopefully!) ladies. They're all RIRs. I was watching them yesterday and got a little suspicious of this one because she doesn't act like the others. She's been walking around "supervising" everyone else (although the others peck/chase her whenever she gets too close) and often has fluffed feathers (as in the photo). She's also bigger than the others, but she may be older: they came as a mix of 3-5 month olds. Her tail feathers (and a few others') are missing, which might make it harder to tell :/

    Any insight into gender or behavior would be much appreciated!

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  2. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's not an RIR, it is tufted and rumpless, probably an aracauna mix
     
  3. PhDtoFarm

    PhDtoFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    The rumplessness is just from missing tail feathers (as far as I can tell). I can see where they're supposed to be, I think she's just been picked on/stressed. The runs at the feed store were pretty hectic. The picture doesn't show her naked bum very well, but it was the best one I got. :/ I can try for another tonight if it helps.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    I don't think she's rumpless, she's lacking tail feathers that seem to be coming in. That would be a pullet :)
     
  5. PhDtoFarm

    PhDtoFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh good :D Thank you! What gives her away?
     

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