Roo or Hen? I can never tell.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by smithab, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. smithab

    smithab Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone. I am new to keeping chickens (got my first this past summer). I have these "teenager" chickens as I like to call them (because they are always causing trouble), and I have no idea if they are roos or hens. Can you help? Any advise on how I can tell on my own?

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  2. dan26552

    dan26552 True BYC Addict

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    How old are they?
     
  3. dan26552

    dan26552 True BYC Addict

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    First pic is a hen
    Second pic is a roo
    Third is a hen on the left and a roo on the right
    Fourth and fifth are Roos
     
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  5. smithab

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    I think the "teenagers" are about 12 weeks old. I can't believe I have roos, lol. Just my luck. How can you guys tell? I never know until they start laying, hahaha. I had a roo named Cindy Crawford. I had to change it to charlie,
     
  6. dan26552

    dan26552 True BYC Addict

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    I'll let @BantamLover21 answer that question I'm not that good at explaining
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    If you don't mind, I'll answer

    Females are smaller in build and have smaller combs and wattles. Males are bigger and have larger combs and wattles. Plus they have pointy sickle, tail, hackle and saddle feathers. Hens will have round tail and saddle feathers.

    Around the time of laying, a hen's comb and wattles will get very big and red. This is a sign of maturity. They also will be squatting.
     
  8. smithab

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    Thank you! I hope I learn the difference soon.
     
  9. dan26552

    dan26552 True BYC Addict

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    Are the chickens in the third pic Delaware's?
     
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