Thought I got a hen

Newchickmamma77

In the Brooder
Apr 29, 2019
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Ok, so I got a white leghorn hen (as I am in city limits, can’t have a rooster), the young man that picked “her” out said she was a hen...well “she” is now almost 5 months old and has started crowing . Is this a roo or a hen? Don’t get me wrong I love hearing roosters crow, but my neighbors maybe not so much...
 

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slordaz

hatchaholic
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It's a male unfortunately, they changed city limits where I live farther out, but the one neighbor that was complaining about my rooster seemed to settle down when started offering them some eggs and let them know he was here before they moved the city limit sign, and it's the only way I can afford to keep giving non medicated eggs to the Elderly and people that cannot tolerate the commercial store bought eggs due to the medications they are fed. I doubt he's a leg horn, sounds like where you got him from didn't know much about chickens at all.
 

EggSighted4Life

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people that cannot tolerate the commercial store bought eggs due to the medications they are fed.
Eggs sold in stores in the US are "medication" free by law now. And chickens are no longer fed antibiotics or steroids to reach their size at such a young age but bred for it. :celebrate

I'm not sure how keeping a rooster helps make eggs affordable... unless you are making $ on hatching eggs and chicks. Otherwise, having a rooster cost extra for me. :)

Having a conversation with neighbors and being kind can often go a long way towards bringing tolerance. Glad your neighbor has been understanding! :thumbsup
 

slordaz

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Apr 15, 2015
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Eggs sold in stores in the US are "medication" free by law now. And chickens are no longer fed antibiotics or steroids to reach their size at such a young age but bred for it. :celebrate

I'm not sure how keeping a rooster helps make eggs affordable... unless you are making $ on hatching eggs and chicks. Otherwise, having a rooster cost extra for me. :)

Having a conversation with neighbors and being kind can often go a long way towards bringing tolerance. Glad your neighbor has been understanding! :thumbsup
Self propagation and protection of the hens, they started out as an all girl flock but then my alpha hen was killed by a 2 legged predator of a neighbor that was stealing my eggs , they don't bother my eggs anymore cause he will chase em off the property. If they would have just asked I would have gladly given her eggs they didn't have to kill my alpha hen cause she was trying to steal eggs she was brooding from a visit from a friends rooster that then went back home to his flock. But after alpha hen was gone I was about ready to process the whole flock cause a month later they still couldn't decide who was going to be alpha hen. saved my sanity too and he's a great people friendly rooster as long as you aren't upsetting his hens by trying to steal their eggs he just don't like the egg thief, my other neighbors love him to death and talk to him and pet him
 
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EggSighted4Life

Crossing the Road
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then my alpha hen was killed by a 2 legged predator of a neighbor that was stealing my eggs , they don't bother my eggs anymore cause he will chase em off the property.
Wow, that's pretty wild... are you sure it was them?? :hmm

If so... I would not put killing a rooster above them. :eek:

Unless you are talking about a child that had an accident. Sorry for your loss! :hugs

Roosters are no match for most of my predators so I don't expect protection from them. But I can see how every situation is unique. 2 legged egg thieves here would be something along the lines of a raven or crow. Thankfully nothing on the ground makes it past my dogs. :)
 

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