White leghorn rooster or hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kaitlyn, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. kaitlyn

    kaitlyn New Egg

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    I am a new "mom/owner" of two supposed hens. (1 white leghorn and 1 Plymouth barred rock.) They are approximately 19 weeks old and neither have laid yet. I have a growing concern that my white leghorn is a rooster. Pictures below. Any thoughts, advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!

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  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    :) two hens
     
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  3. kaitlyn

    kaitlyn New Egg

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    I hope you're right! Is the comb on he whit leghorn not too big and floppy for a hen?
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    She will be laying very soon.
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That comb is a leghorn trait, and the fact that it's floppy is an indicator of a hen. Rooster's combs don't flop, but you'd be amazed how big a leghorn rooster's comb will get!

    At 19 week, your girls are at the earlier end of the laying age, but they look like eggs aren't too far out.
     
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  6. Hen! Roosters don't have a floppy comb! Roosters combs are big and don't flop. Your girls should be laying soon! She's pretty! I love her floppy comb!
     
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  7. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, that's a hen! And as others have said, you'll get some lovely white eggs soon!
     
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  8. LovePolish2

    LovePolish2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hen :)
     
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  9. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Definitely a hen. That's a hen comb. :) (and a hen butt)
     
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  10. kaitlyn

    kaitlyn New Egg

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    Thank you all so much!

    Also, is it ok to let them out of their coop or will they lay and hide their eggs? I try to let them out to stretch their legs and play in the afternoon when I get home from work. Will they lay and hide their eggs?
     

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