Rooster or hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 4chix, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. 4chix

    4chix Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 4 chickens who are all about 7 months old. The breeds are: Buff Orpington, Black and Copper Maran, Cuckoo Maran and a Blue / Black splash Orpington. We know for sure that the cooper maran is a rooster as he is crowing. However, none of the others crow or lay eggs. Are they hens or roosters, how can I tell and if they are hens, when should they begin to lay? We live in Central Virginia.
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:Your very best #1 bet is to post photos on here for people to tell you what sex they are:) [​IMG]
     
  3. tberryer

    tberryer Out Of The Brooder

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    At 7 months old, you should be able to tell if you have a rooster. I say they are pullets that aren't ready to lay yet even without a photo. By three months old, I have been able to pick out all my roos.
     
  4. 4chix

    4chix Out Of The Brooder

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    Attached is a photo of two of the 3 chickens that I am wondering are hens or roosters?
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I see three cockerels, sorry.
     
  6. 4chix

    4chix Out Of The Brooder

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    Then why does only one crow? I've also attached another photo of the 3rd one in question.
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  7. 4chix

    4chix Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I copied the same photo in my previous post, here is the 3rd one in question?
     
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Still see a bunch of cockerels.

    The others don't crow yet - Some can be "late bloomers" - I've got a Black Copper Marans who didn't crow til he was 8 months old. Often the presence of other cockerels around can put one down a notch, and especially if your crower is more dominant than the others, that would explain it.
     
  9. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, those are all roosters... [​IMG]
     
  10. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say all boys as well...sorry...only one may crow because he has established dominance over the others, or simply that they have no desire to crow yet.
     

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