Rooster or hen???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mamaneeda, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. mamaneeda

    mamaneeda New Egg

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    Just started with chickens about 3 months ago - started with 3, 1 Orpington approx. 1yr and 2 wellsommers, approx. 2 yrs - the Orpington has started crowing and I am wondering if it is a late blooming rooster. When we first got the 3 we did see it on the nesting box but at the time I didn't realize they needed a roost higher than their box. Since I fixed that, have not seen it back in the boxes. Also we did get 2 different kinds of eggs so either the Orpington laid eggs or the sister Wellsommers laid eggs different from each other. Previous owner that it laid egg also but he too has several hens.
    The Orpington (Happy) is well natured with me and the hens, will chase my dogs along the fence line, crows all hours of day, no spurs (little bumps tho), and did jump on a hen once feet first, penned her to ground then hopped off, crowed and spread neck feathers.
    Appreciate any help you can give - Thanks!!!
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    That is 100% rooster/cockerel, sorry
     
  3. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That has got to be a rooster. The comb, sickle/hackle feathers, and the fact it is crowing says it all
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    What color eggs are you getting? Different hens w/in the same breed will lay eggs that can vary in shade, but if you are getting two totally different colored eggs there are a couple of breeds frequently mistaken for Welsummers, so it may be this is the case with your birds.
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

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    I took a gander in your profile to see if I could find pictures of the Welsummers in question, and didn't see any in the birds that were shown. Since we never tire of seeing chickens around here, you might want to just go ahead and post pictures of all your birds - that way we can help you sort out who is what [​IMG]
     
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  6. mamaneeda

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    I'll post more pics after I finish cooking lunch (lol) - it may be a blessing in disguise because I have no restrictions where I live and was actually scared of getting a rooster because I thought they were mean. This is actually my favorite of the lot!!
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with the others, your Orpington is a rooster. He's a beautiful boy!
     
  8. mamaneeda

    mamaneeda New Egg

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    Hard to see but we just got them (July 3) 2 Wellsummers on left and Orpington on right

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    our 1st egg - the other egg we were getting was lighter and bigger

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    Happy (the rooster?) Orpington on 9-08 - about the time he started crowing - grown a lot even in a week's time -seeing tail feathers develop

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    My 2 Wellsummers and 2 reds of some breed??? Wellsummers are molting and reds only ones laying right now
     
  9. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the egg in the pic looks like it could have come from a Wellsummer. too dark to be from a Orpington or one of your red hens
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, that is definitely a rooster.
     

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