Rooster or Hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by rcoletti116, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. rcoletti116

    rcoletti116 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is Sunshine. Sunshine is a Buff Orpington, about 6 months old. Until now I thought Sunshine was a hen. I had no reason to believe otherwise. Within the past week "she" has nearly doubled in size (not really an exaggeration) and is twice as big as her sister Pip. They are pure breed from the same parents, hatched the very same day.

    Does anyone have any thoughts by looking at this picture whether or not Sunshine is a hen or possibly a rooster? Or perhaps she just hit a growth spurt that Pip hasn't hit yet. To add to the confusion, I really thought Sunshine has been laying eggs. I find "her" sitting in the nest frequently with eggs to appear later.

    I would appreciate the input of my fellow-chicken lovers.
     
  2. rcoletti116

    rcoletti116 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is another pic if it helps
     
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Can you post more pictures? I think it's a girl, but am kind of on the fence about it [​IMG]

    The tail is what makes me suspect roo, but other than that...

    The colour of the image seems tweaked.
     
  4. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think rooster, but dont go by me I am not the best at guessing. [​IMG]
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Oh another picture is up!

    I'm going to go with roo... At this age, shouldn't you be seeing signs? IE: Crowing?

    I'm not 100% sold on roo though. I hope someone else helps out!
     
  6. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kinda looks like a roo...hard to tell from that angle.

    Looks like rooster tail feathers but the neck feathers aren't quite right for a roo.
     
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  7. rcoletti116

    rcoletti116 Out Of The Brooder

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    There aren't any signs... no crowing, no noticeable differences in feathers or tails, no spurs (though there are bumps)
     
  8. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd think that at 6 months, you'd definitely notice a difference in feathers in person. That alone makes me think girl, not boy.
     
  9. rcoletti116

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    and the 2nd pic was taken when I was putting them to bed last night so its dark and has weird lighting.
     
  10. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    That is a cockerel. Note the thin long hackle (neck) feathers and Saddle feathers. Both long and pointed. The sickle feathers are starting to come in as well. In the next few months that wattle will grow very long.

    Just compare him to his sister. Note the tail, saddle and hackle. He should stand erect opposed to sisters horizontal stance. Surprised no crowing at 6 months.
     

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