roo or hen, what breed for sure, this chick is mounting others?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by rosegal, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. rosegal

    rosegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To further confuse me, today I found an egg with this chicks feathers in the laying box. Also, the egg is very dark brown, so this is a new egg to my mix of colors. This is the chick that is mounting other laying hens.[​IMG]
     
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    looks like a bared rock to me, the mounting other chickens well could be a roo that was just in the nest after another hen laid or a very confused hen [​IMG]
     
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Looks like a cockerel to me...Barred Plymouth Rock.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    That Barred Rock looks rooish to me, BUT when there isn't a roo, the top hen will sometimes mount other hens to show superiority.
     
  5. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred rock; roo
     
  6. rosegal

    rosegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    another pic. This chick took on the roo I had at the time and is very unfriendly to the other birds the same age. Today it was chasing them all over the yard. The laying hens will take it on, and it could very well be vying for the dominant hen position, but I don't think the current one has any desire to give up her spot.url=https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19511_img_0153.png][​IMG][/url]
     
  7. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you look at the tail feathers those are most definitely roo.
     
  8. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

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    id guess roo
     
  9. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    The reason the older hens are fighting with the younger barred rock cockerel is because they do not deem him "worthy." In their eyes, he is too young to cover them and he is just trying to uproot the pecking order. Once he matures, they will probably let him breed, unless there is another male in the yard that already has dibs on them.
     
  10. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    Quote:roo, he has pointy saddle feathers coming in
     

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