Rooster or not? (Pic)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ssteiner, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. ssteiner

    ssteiner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had a Rhode Island Red and a Buff Orpington for about 6 weeks now. We got them just a few days old. The reason I've posted this is to get some opinions. My Orpington (Judy) has a far less pronounced comb than the RIR (Rita). Never having raised chickens before, I just wondered what some of you more experienced people thought on seeing this picture.
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  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Can we see the rear end? that might help, though the chick is pretty young to know just yet.
     
  3. Joy1

    Joy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haven't got a clue, but he has a male look in his eye.[​IMG]
     
  4. ssteiner

    ssteiner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here (s)he is from behind. We really hope she's a hen, as we can't keep a rooster but really love her already. When will I know? Thanks for your help.

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  5. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a boy to me.
     
  6. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    I also say boy, because from that backside shot, he looks to be reddening up on those waddles.
     
  7. ssteiner

    ssteiner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, when does one know for sure? This saddens me. If I have to give her up, do I just go buy another chick and raise her and then put her with the other, older hen? Won't the older hen be lonely when I get rid of her friend? This is all very distressing.
     
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I feel for you really - I have heard that you should know at about 14-16 weeks, when they crow/croak.
     
  9. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    People are always quick to call a bird a roo. Can you get a shot from the side, showing the whole side through to the tail? We're looking for the signs of saddle feathers, I don't see any in that rear-shot you posted.
     
  10. c.wilson

    c.wilson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i kinda think hen or it could be roo to because with standards hens usually have big combs but who knows just giving u my opinion
     

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