Two RIR is one a roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by momofchicks, May 30, 2008.

  1. momofchicks

    momofchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    Here is a pic of two RIR chics 9 weeks old, same hatch, is the front one a roo, or just developing faster than second one?

  2. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    I would say Roo
  3. lovethechickens

    lovethechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2008
    Antioch California
    I also vote roo
  4. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I vote hen because I have an 11 week old RIR who looks exactly like this.... and a Black Sex Link too..... around the comb and waddles, but definitely has hen feathering. The one roo I've had it was just so obvious it was a roo from the time it was 3 weeks old. I'm not convinced yet that combs and waddles are the tell tale sign in some chickens. I'm new to this but all my chickens are different, same breed ones too, even though they are the same age. Just my observation from the many hours I've been spending in the coop [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 31, 2008
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Roo. Compare the legs. I bet his are fatter.

    If they weren't from the same hatch I'd say you had a 20%
    chance of it being a hen. My 10 week old RIR crosse roos
    have much bigger combs than that.
  6. professor-yellow

    professor-yellow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2008
    My RIR roo at 9 weeks had a very pronounced comb and waddles. I say both are hens. Should also have a more pronounced tail starting.
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I would say that the front is a ROO. That's a pretty big comb for 9 wks.
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I'd like to see a full body pic of that one. That is a really tough call with just the face.

  9. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, that's a hen. The roos have bigger combs by that age. That is a very small comb. Some hens develop larger waddles than other hens. Some have combs that are a little larger, too, but that one is small. That's definitely a hen.
    Last edited: May 31, 2008
  10. Red

    Red Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2007
    My chicks are 9 and a half weeks old. By 6 weeks all the boys had much bigger (and redder) combs than that. I would hold out for a hen, but treat her with suspicion... [​IMG]

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