What breed and gender is this?

Nesterdewalt

In the Brooder
Nov 22, 2020
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Hello, we just bought a new house and the house came with a coop and three chickens. The owner said that they were going to take their rooster, but I’m wondering if this white one is actually a rooster and not a hen. It has been crowing a fair amount (morning and throughout the day), and I have noticed it herding the other chickens around on occasion. When we go out to put them in their coop in the evening, it doesn’t act any differently towards us than the other chickens. Can you help me identify both the breed and the gender? It is hard to get a good photo but I can try to get one if needed.
I would also be curious about the other two. Is the yellow one an Orpington? Thank you very much.
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Nesterdewalt

In the Brooder
Nov 22, 2020
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My wife took a quick video of the chicken coop when we toured the house. There was definitely a different rooster in there at that time, a much larger bird. I read somewhere that if you remove a rooster from a coop, one of the chickens may decide to essentially take over for the rooster and start crowing. Is it possible that this white bird is a hen?
 

FuzzyCritters

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Mar 13, 2020
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The white bird is a silkie mix cockerel. Gold hen is a buff orpington, and black hen looks crested, so possibly another silkie mix. Need better pictures of her.

My wife took a quick video of the chicken coop when we toured the house. There was definitely a different rooster in there at that time, a much larger bird. I read somewhere that if you remove a rooster from a coop, one of the chickens may decide to essentially take over for the rooster and start crowing. Is it possible that this white bird is a hen?
No, not a hen. He has rooster saddle, hackle and tail feathers, which hens do not get. Even if a hen decided to take over for a rooster, she would still be hen feathered. Previous owners might not have known he was a rooster and didn't take him, or they didn't want to take two roosters with them.
 

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