Roo or hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Bobby_A, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Bobby_A

    Bobby_A Out Of The Brooder

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    The chicken in question is a 3 month old leghorn. This one seems like a pretty obvious roo to me, but the one thing that throws me is his tail and that he is slightly smaller than his sisters. His tail is very short, especially in comparison to his sisters, which is about twice as long. So, I'm hoping for some second opinions before I get rid of him, as I'm not allowed to keep roos. Thanks in advance.

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  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    I would say rooster because of the larger comb and wattles. The redder color tends to point towards roo also.
     
  3. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never had leghorns but that comb and wattles does seem quite rooish, but maybe give him/her some time, one of my BR pullets matured faster than the others and I thought she was a roo for a while, turned out to be girl. Good luck!
     
  4. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Those are pullets in the picture. Leghorn hens have big combs they usually flop over when they are fully grown.
     
  5. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roo pullet pullet is my guess
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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  7. growinupinfl

    growinupinfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not for sure. I want to say the one with the largest comb might be a roo. My leghorns pullets have the largest combs out of all my hens. It flops almost into their eyes. But their combs did not start getting large until right around when they started laying eggs. The Roo's combs are GIA-HUGIC, LOL. I had one I swore was a roo, and the one I was sure was a hen jumped up and crowed in my roommates face. I would tell you you'll know soon enough.

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  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I vote girl. Pretty soon they'll all look like that, and even bigger. Their combs are REALLY huge when they're mature. At three months, I'd think a roo would also look rooish, with hackle and saddle feathers, and I don't see that. I'd def. keep her!
     
  9. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    x3 i ahd leghorns and all three were hens even though one had a HUGE comb and wattles before her sisters combs even really started developing!
     
  10. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband was the keeper of our flock of leghorns we used to have, and he says this is a roo.
     

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