RIR - Roo or Hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ParadiseChickens, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are 4 month old RIR and supposed to be pullets but I suspect the one in the 1st pic and the one in the foreground of the 2nd pic (same chick) is a roo. However his comb is not very red but his legs are very thick. Plus her/she is very aggressive. The little one in the 2nd pic is the same age and she is the runt of the bunch.

    Please advise. I am not a very good picture taker. These are my first pics posted here on this board.
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so far it still looks like a pullet to me. I have seen some pullets with thick legs on them, and have also had some that are way more mean than roosters..lol
     
  3. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hen
     
  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a little Ms. Bossypants to me.

    By 4 months, you'd be seeing some major comb growth in a roo.
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    pullets
     
  6. somissemilyy

    somissemilyy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hen, a roo would've already had very large combs and wattles by that size....
     
  7. Karen09

    Karen09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, they look like hens. Rooster's combs are usually redder. Rhode Island Reds are harder to tell. It is usually about 5 months old - they crow or lay an egg. Are the feathers on the rump more pointed or rounded? A pullet would be rounded while the rooster has more pointed.
     
  8. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I would love for them all to be pullets. I started out with 8 3 months ago and 3 have died in the last 2 weeks and I have one separated and am hand feeding it. If it doesnt get any better in another week, I believe we are going to have to make a hard decision and I will then only have 4 lonely chickens.

    This one has a slightly pinker comb than my camera shows. But it sure doesnt look very big to me on a 4 month old chicken. But I am a new owner. Thank you all.
     
  9. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like a pullet
     
  10. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    I have raised these and they all look like pullets to me. By this age they should have already had roo characteristics.
     

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