Rhode Island Reds - Hens or Roosters?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by zoomer33, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. zoomer33

    zoomer33 New Egg

    Dec 7, 2011
    Hi! My name is Joanne. I am a total newbie to this forum and to raising chickens as well. I live in Vermont and have recently become involved with raising 12 Rhode Island Red Hens - at least that's what we ordered. They are now six months old and have started to lay eggs about two weeks ago, although not all of them are laying yet. We're up to ten of them laying! But I have often wondered if we have a secret rooster among our ladies. Recent behavior really made me question this. However, it's really hard to tell them apart. I've seen from pictures that the Rhode Island Red roosters grow this beautiful black plume of a tail. My question is this: At what age does that tail come into full maturity? If it's at six months, then we're OK. If it's later, then the jury is still out. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Hi Joanne! [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us!
    I don't have Rhode Island reds but I would think by six months you would see saddle back feathers (pointed feathers) and the comb should be much bigger then the hens. The males are also much bigger.
  3. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Welcome to BYC so happy to have you here. this place is wonderful! [​IMG]
  4. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Welcome to BYC!! We're glad you joined us!

  5. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    [​IMG] from Twentynine Palms in the California high desert!

    Warning: BYC can become seriously addicting!! [​IMG]
  6. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from North MS!!! At 6 months you would be able to tell the difference pretty easy, if it's a roo his comb will be much larger and he would have different colors then the hens.
  7. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! I wouldn't be surprised. We got four RIR "hens" only to find out that three were roos!

  8. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] Welcome!
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  10. FlyRobinFly

    FlyRobinFly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2011
    [​IMG] from Washington State
    If you are unsure there is a thread here where you can post pictures of the suspect cockerels and people can weigh in on their thoughts

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