Rooster or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by emanon, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. Rooster

    1 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Hen

    1 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. emanon

    emanon New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Oct 24, 2015
    I am a complete novice when it comes to chickens.
    I brought 3 chicks from a breeder that assured me that the chicks had been vent sexed to be hens but im not 100% convinced the black one is.

    I have googled and it has so many characteristist that a hen has but also a rooster......

    SO confused.

    Here is a little back ground.

    Brought them at 3-5 days old. 2 have been laying eggs for over a month now but not the black one. The black one also crows in the mornings.

    Day I brought them
    [​IMG]

    Black one at 1 month
    [​IMG]

    White at 1 month
    [​IMG]

    Red at 1 month
    [​IMG]

    Now
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    20,568
    1,165
    391
    Jul 24, 2013
    Your birds are all lovely hens.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2015
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,607
    1,333
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    Agreed
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    85,550
    16,707
    866
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm the odd one out. By the huge comb & wattles and fact that you said it crows in the morning, I'm gonna say rooster.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,451
    3,565
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    [​IMG]

    the black bird is a hen, but I'm thinking she may have ovarian damage or something like that. The large comb and wattles are rooster-ish, add in the crowing and the non-laying and I think she's not getting enough female hormones. Not sure she'll ever be a productive layer for you, so it's your call to keep her or cull her.
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Your black bird is a hormonally imbalanced hen. To give a short lesson about chicken physiology; A hen has two sex organs. One of them is an ovary. One is indeterminate, as it doesn't grow into either an ovary or a teste - unless the original ovary is damaged, by a tumor, cancer, etc. Now, the second organ, once growing, should become an ovary. However, sometimes the hen's body will mess up, and the organ will become a teste or a very incorrect and hormonally challenged ovary. What you end up with is a crowing, mating, non-laying hen, who is by all appearances a cock except in feather type.

    So, there's not really any one-way answer to your question. If you look at it just based on its behavior, you basically have a cock. It cannot do some of the things most cocks can, like produce offspring or grow cock's feathers, but it is in most aspects a cock.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2015
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,827
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Pullets
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by