What Gender Is My Chicken?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by CubbieFan88, May 28, 2017.

  1. CubbieFan88

    CubbieFan88 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! This is about one of our chickens: Mayhem. When we bought Mayhem the chick was born first week of this March maybe. We were told she was a Red Sexlink 20170525_191328.jpg 20170525_191334.jpg female chick from a local feed store. Or pullet if you will. Not knowing much about chickens I take it at as trust and truth. A family friend of ours took a look at her and said she was a rooster, not a hen. I told him what the store said and he said they were wrong. I blew it off until...she crowed. Granted it is a pathetic, short, doesn't sound like a crow at all type crow...but still kinda sounds like it is. I read online and it said in small backyard flocks of all females that hens can indeed crow too under certain conditions. For example in small female flocks its said that a female with a strong personality will take over the role as 'rooster'. This could be in our case. Mayhem is indeed a stroooooooong personality and hen pecks at a smaller new chicks and even our Bantam who is roughly 2 months like her. What do you guys think? Please tell me this is a hen?
     
  2. Mace Gill

    Mace Gill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could be wrong, but the body shape says 'hen' to me
     
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  3. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you get a picture from inside the run I can't see the saddles from the outside
     
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    That is a Production Red rooster at what must be about 10 to 12 weeks? I can see the beginning of hackles and saddle feathers with significant red comb before point of lay (which won't be until 18 to 20 weeks even with RSL).

    All young roosters begin with pathetic little crows.

    And it is not common for a female in an all female flock to begin to crow. IF it happens, it is almost always an older alpha female who has begun "henopause" and the hormone shift causes an imbalance of androgens in her system which produces the equivalent of a menopausal "hair on the chin" and "deeper voice."

    Sorry...all male. (And feed stores are notorious for being wrong about their birds...they got a Production Red in the RSL bin.)
    LofMc
     
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  5. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    X 2 -- also there are shiny patches developing on the wingbows, yet another male characteristic.
     
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  6. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Overrun With Chickens

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    cockerel
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    sorry Cockerel
     
  8. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Definitely male.
     
  9. CubbieFan88

    CubbieFan88 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some more images. I hope they help! Thanks for the feedback!
     

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  10. RoostersAreAwesome

    RoostersAreAwesome Overrun With Chickens

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    Handsome cockerel. :)
     

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