RIR - 16.5wks Old Roo or Hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by swanny297, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. swanny297

    swanny297 Out Of The Brooder

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    I think this is a hen, all 6 were bought as pullets from a hatchery, no crowing as of yet - I have 5 others that have combs but they are not as distinguished or red as this one's, from pictures I have seen it doesn't have roo tail feathers and the cheeks look more hen like, it is about the same size as the others maybe a little biggee but not really noticeable unless they are all together, all very friendly - what you think....

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  4. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could go either way on this one, but I'm going to guess cockerel. Some of the feathers look like they are getting pointy. How long has the comb been red like this?
     
  5. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Almost 100% sure that is a cockerel. Can we see a picture of the others for comparison?
     
  6. swanny297

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    Comb and cheeks have really grown and been red for about 2wks - the lady I got them from has a couple laying hens she said are similar when is it normal to start crowing? Guess I will have to wait for that to be sure.

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  7. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Cockerel. Cockerels get combs and wattles that are very red and big at a young age, while pullets take a to get theirs in. An adult hen can have a comb the same size as a rooster's but not at 16 weeks.
     
  8. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a Production Red Cockerel.
     
  9. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few RiR that have just hit 18 weeks, and they have the same sized combs. But I do think that of the 3 straight run, 1 is a roo. Any thoughts?


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    Notice the longer, pointier feathers on the neck...

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    ...and pointier tail than the other...

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    Possible RiR in the middle-right, likely hen middle-left.

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    I was hoping he would be a meatier bird, I'd like to start breeding RiRs but he's pretty scrawny. I've got several other hens that are pretty big, but a big rooster is critical for a quality dual-purpose, or so I've read.
     
  10. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    I actually think they are all looking like pullets right now. A little suspicious of number 1, but at 18 weeks a cockerel should be more developed. So most likely all pullets.
     

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