same ole question , boys or girls?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by susan78667, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. susan78667

    susan78667 New Egg

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    These are my first chickens. I get two eggs a day and wanted to know if anyone knows if the other two are roos[​IMG] I think these two are roos [​IMG]
     
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    13 chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could you get a picture of the whole chicken
     
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    Whole body shots will help and how old are they? First is colored like a rooster the second one is colored like a hen.
     
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  4. chickita12

    chickita12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im guessing they are both roosters ! But a full body picture would help!
     
  5. traccy123

    traccy123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hard to tell but I think the left one is probably a hen or an early rooster, maybe a picture of the whole body would help
     
  6. susan78667

    susan78667 New Egg

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    I think the second one with the full erect comb is for sure a rooster. The floppy one im not sure about. They are 18-20 weeks old. My other two are laying eggs already
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    At 18-20 weeks I think they're both hens. I don't see any hackle feathers, and I'd expect larger combs. The first bird is a mix, so you can't always go by color like you can with a pure barred bird. I agree, profile shots would help determine gender for sure.
     
  8. susan78667

    susan78667 New Egg

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    @donrae... but they are not laying eggs. And what is "hackle feathers"?
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    When you look at a grown rooster, at the base of the neck are long, pointy flowing feathers that hens don't have. Sometimes they're a different color than the body of the rooster. Those are hackle feathers, only roosters have them. I'd expect a rooster of this age to have them.
    18-20 weeks is still at he early end of the spectrum to be laying. From the looks of the combs, they're not far from laying, I'd say in the next few weeks. If you free range, you might consider confining them for a while, or going on an intensive egg hunt where they range.
     
  10. I'm guessing the one with the flopped comb is a hen the other one could be a rooster
     

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