RIRed hen or not?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by saymoe, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. saymoe

    saymoe New Egg

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    18 weeks has not squawked or crowed but is talkative. Has more red comb than other two RIT I got at same time. [​IMG]
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    It really looks like a pullet that is close to laying. Are you sure it is only 18 weeks old?
     
  3. saymoe

    saymoe New Egg

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    I bought these on feb 10. I gave away one earlier today and the person did not believe he was 18 weeks.
    They live a life on green grass and lotsa food.
    Thank u for reply
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

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    Yes, but how old were they when you got them? Day old chicks? It really does look like a pullet because of the feathering, but with comb and wattles that size at 18 weeks should be a cockerel. Maybe it is just an early bloomer pullet, or a late blooming cockerel.
     
  5. saymoe

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    They were day old chicks. I had a for sure rooster 3 weeks younger, a Barnevelder, that walked, talked and was all rooster by 12 weeks or so. This one is a head scratcher for me...the comb & wattles and (s)he is a bit edgy has me thinking roo
    When you say feathering...what is difference from hen n roo?
    Thank you
     
  6. TheKindaFarmGal

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    Cockerels have pointy hackle and saddle feathers. They have long, shiny sickle feathers too. Pullets have shorter, round feathers and a fan. Your RIR has pullet feathering but a cockerel's comb and wattles. I'm going to go with a late blooming cockerel, but I would wait a few more weeks to be sure. I'm not really certain though, so hopefully you'll get another opinion or two. [​IMG]
     

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