Rhode Island Whites

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Raindog7817, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Raindog7817

    Raindog7817 New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Oct 21, 2010
    My family and I are new to raising chickens for eggs and new to your site. We have what we thought
    was 1 rooster and 5 hens but lately 2 of our hens are starting to look like our rooster. We
    just got our first eggs yesterday (3 total). Is there any definitive way to tell the hens from the roosters?
    They are roughly 22 weeks old.
    Thanks.
     
  2. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    comb size, pointed hackle and saddle feathers are all good ways to tell
    good luck
     
  3. Raindog7817

    Raindog7817 New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Oct 21, 2010
    Thanks Punky
     
  4. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    this is a 19 week old BA pullet:
    [​IMG]
    this is a 17 week old BA cockerel:
    [​IMG]
    THESE ARE NOT MY BIRDS
    you can see the diffrence and at 22 weeks it should be easy
    good luck
     
  5. Raindog7817

    Raindog7817 New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Oct 21, 2010
    Thanks again Punky, I noticed in your attached photos the comb can be large on a pullet. Great information.
     
  6. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    yes pullet combs can be close to a cockerels for a while but tail feathers, pointed hackle and saddle feathers all should make it easy to tell.
    if you have any pics i could help you tell
    good luck!
    punky
     
  7. Raindog7817

    Raindog7817 New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Oct 21, 2010
    Thank you for the offer, I am in the process of uploading some pics (I will hopfully have them on line this weekend). I notice you are from MA, I'm from Sturbridge.
     
  8. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    where did you get them from breeder or hatchery?
    punky
     
  9. Raindog7817

    Raindog7817 New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Oct 21, 2010
    One of our friends friends is a teacher and had them hatch as a class project. I guess they werent able to keep
    all of them so we ended up with 10. We gave 1 rooster and 4 hens (I think) to some friends we have.
     
  10. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Chillin' With My Peeps

    735
    0
    139
    Aug 12, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Just a thought, didn't think Whites were common enough for class room projects. Thought they were on the more rare side. Are you sure they are Rhode Island Whites? When you get your pictures up it'll help. RIW would have red earlobes but I don't recall what color legs they should have.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by