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Take Two... hen or roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by newtochickens4, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. newtochickens4

    newtochickens4 New Egg

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    We got 2 chickens from a local farm that turned out to both be roosters. We brought them back to the farm and they gave us 4 chicks. They said they were week old RIR chicks and sexted at a day old, all female. We have had them now for 8 weeks and one of our "girls" has a much larger comb than the other three and tends to ruffle her feathers a lot. Is this a hen or a roo?

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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    I hate to say it but that looks like a cockerel :(
     
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  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Cockerel.
     
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    x3 RIR/Production Red rooster. Sorry.
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  5. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    That is a cockerel - unfortunately, the birds would have to have been "vent sexed" and there is a 5-15% error rate with that method even by the most experienced sexers due to the complex nature of the sex organ structure of day old males and females.
    Comb/wattle aside - see the dark, glossy feathering that is developing on this bird (ie across the wing) - that is characteristic of males.
     
  6. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Rooster
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Given your bad experience thus far with getting surprise males, OP, I would suggest that you consider sex links (black or red) or one of the auto-sexing breeds of birds so you can avoid yet another unhappy surprise.
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Alternatively, purchasing "started" birds can be a good route to go - you pay a bit more for the more mature bird, but the certainty of gender is money well spent, imo, for someone who has already had such a bad string of surprises.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  10. newtochickens4

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    Thank you everyone. We brought him back to the farm and they gave us a 7 week old. Now our 3 girls left are running the new one. They are keeping her in the coop away from the food and water. Also the 3 we have left have started chasing each other and fluffing their necks. I am so afraid that these are males too. Any help would be great!![​IMG]
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    Not the best pictures of our other three but the best i could get.
     

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