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Roo or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Billy Hill, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. Billy Hill

    Billy Hill Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't been on for a while because I lost my flock this year and had to start over (****** complacency). I got 4 new birds birds this summer and 2 of them started laying this week (not sure which two), very small eggs but the shells are pretty good so we should be having breakfast this weekend. (YAY)

    One of the birds (all white) has a really long comb. It's actually more like a Trump-esque comb-over at this point. This bird is very small and probably not one of the ones laying yet, but I'm concerned it's a little roo. It doesn't really act like one, but it's noisy (more of a "bak-bak-bagok", not a "cock-o-doodle-doo"). It has kind of taken over as watch-dog for the flock, this morning it jumped at my wife when she put her hand down to open the coop ( I think it just wanted to get out, they LOVE ranging in the back yard).

    Anyway, is there a test I can do at home or at a livery to sex this thing? I don't want to eat it if it's going to be giving me breakfast, but I have no use for a roo (except maybe some roo-stew).

    This is the little clucker in question...

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    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    StarMeKritten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a white leghorn pullet to me. She should be laying lots of white eggs for you soon, if she isn't already.
     
  4. drsteik84

    drsteik84 Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree. I used to have a bunch of white leghorn pullets that looked very similar to her. The really long combs are common for the breed.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on the above posts; White Leghorn pullet. :eek:)
     
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    peepsandSQUALKS Out Of The Brooder

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    Pullet[​IMG]
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Pullet
     
  8. Billy Hill

    Billy Hill Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!

    So that's prolly where the first egg came from, it was white. She was making a big fuss both times the white eggs showed up. Will the eggs get bigger as she gets better at it?
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Yep, White Leghorn pullets lay white eggs; and as she matures over the next few weeks, her eggs will continue to get larger until they reach full size. :eek:)
     
  10. Billy Hill

    Billy Hill Out Of The Brooder

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    Sweet!

    Uh oh, there it is! 3 white eggs in 3 days, 4 total counting the little brown one. Are leghorn's more productive than other breeds?
     

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