Still worried my RIR might be a roo

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by smnytx, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. smnytx

    smnytx In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2007
    I posted her pic a week or so ago, and while everyone said it was too early to be sure, most thought she looked like a girl.

    Now, at 4 weeks, her comb is no bigger, but seems a tad pinker at the base of it. Her legs are thick, and she's still the "alpha chicken" of my flock of three, both in size and temperament.

    Here are some recent pics:




    and with the other two, for comparison's sake:


    If "she" is a "he" we will all be heartbroken. Can't have a roo in the 'burbs. Reassurance is welcome, but the truth is always preferred (let's hope they are one and the same!).
  2. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Songster

    May 3, 2007
    New Mexico
    I'm no expert, but I have a RIR hen who I named named Henry who looked no differen though a bit older.... I am is hoping for the best for you! My Henry was so early to grow a comb and wattles and was my very first to lay at only 18 weeks. She is my sweetest hen, we still call her Henry, and the alpha chicken and I wouldn't trade her for anything. Here was the discussion:
  3. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    I don't think you can really tell by looking at the comb. I have 20 RIR's that were sold to me as 18 pullets and 2 roo's. The combs of about 10-12 got really big and red and the others were a smaller red comb. I though for sure I had 10 or 12 roo's! Now they are 21 weeks old and are all laying eggs. I have zero roos. I know for some that would be good but I wanted a couple of roos. So, even if the comb gets big on some they can still be hens.
  4. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    So mine are 5 1/2 weeks and I too worry that one is a roo, the tail feathers are higher in the air....
  5. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    I think its a HE!!!:|

    He has pointed saddle feathers so its a sign of a male.

    People have told me this

    Combs will not really help.

    Try to wait a bit longer.

    The one on the far right looks like a roo too

    The middle one looks like a hen.

    Its only my opinion.
    You should post up their pics too.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I say wait a bit longer to be certain, but I say you have a trio of girls.

    BTW, boys wont have sickle, read: pointy, feathers until they are at least 10 weeks old.. if not much older. Some of my boys are just barely starting to pop out some pointy feathers and they are now 10 weeks old. Your chicks still have baby feathers so they will not give you any indication of gender.
  7. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Quote:oh whoops, i thought it said 5 months.
  8. FrozenChicken

    FrozenChicken Songster

    Apr 1, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    If I were putting a wager on it I would say Roo it is ,sorry.
  9. smnytx

    smnytx In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2007
    I say wait a bit longer to be certain, but I say you have a trio of girls.

    I like this answer best, so that's what I'm going to focus on right now! [​IMG]

    Even worse than Rhody being a roo is the thought of "him" crowing. If our neighbors hear it, they'll know we have chickens - information we're hoping to keep on a "need to know" basis only.

    I think we have a leg to stand on with our HOA rules (which state "no livestock" but then go on to say "birds are allowed as long as they do not create any nusiance") but I don't want to have to go fight this one out!​
  10. gardener

    gardener Songster

    Oct 8, 2007
    Willamette Valley
    I say hen. I have 4 RIR's 4 1/2 weeks old and one has to be a roo its devoloping different than the others. and yours looks like my hens.

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