Switch 'r Roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 1hawaiian, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. 1hawaiian

    1hawaiian Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 3, 2012
    I ordered (4) one-month old Production Reds hens from a hatchery.

    Two weeks later... one of my hens is looking a bit different...

    Is my hen a Roo [​IMG]

  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    I think you got your self a roo. But get pictures of the chicken you suspect is a roo from the side to be sure.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Looks roo-ish to me, too. Some clearer pics of the whole body would be helpful.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    So it's about six weeks old? Prolly a roo. If it's older, could be a hen starting to mature.
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Don't know what anyone is seeing that makes it a roo. The coloring is a hen & sex links have all kinds of different comb development. Can't wait to hear what she turns out to be.
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Cindy, a Production Red is not a sex link. Exactly what it is depends on which hatchery it comes from, but they are red chickens. One hatchery claims theirs are Rhode Island Reds crossed with New Hampshires, for example, but others produce Production Reds differently. It is just a sales name that should signify a hen that will lay well and is probably a cross of some type. But they should not be a sex link.

    One of those has a comb and wattles much more developed than the others. The comb and wattles look a little redder too. I agree a full body shot, including the legs, would help us be more sure, but that one does look rooish to me.

    1Hawaiian, if that one has legs heavier than the others, I'd really guess roo.
  7. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Every "production red" I've seen has been a sex link. What the heck would be the purpose?? Thought they only made mutt chickens so they could tell roo from hen and sell pullets for more. Learned something new, what a waste of effort.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Although the sex link productions birds have the added benefit of being easier to sex at hatching another main purpose of crossing two varieties of chicken is the resultant hybrid vigor.

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