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    09-04-2010, 05:55 PM
I Have a Question About My Chicken

I have chickens for the first time.... we have 15 hens. We got a free exotic chicken from the hatchery as an extra. The problem is you couldn't specify if you wanted it to be a pullet/cockrell. So I have this feather legged chicken that we are going to give away to a friend if it is a rooster. Don't want a rooster yet and I figure if we decide we want more chickens why not just buy more from the hatchery instead of having a rooster? So I don't think there is a way for me to know what it is for sure but if there is please tell me! The feather legged's watttles and comb is bigger and darker colored than the others except for my one of my barred rocks (in the last picture) who prob. Has the biggest wattles and comb. They are about 9 weeks old. So do you think it is a rooster or hen, or is there any way to tell? Also, if you have a (big) dog and chickens do they get along?

NOTE: I know the chickens look too cooped up but that is just there temporary coop and it looks dark only because rain was coming so we wanted to cover the coop with a tarp.
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    09-04-2010, 10:37 PM
Looks like a Buff Cochin... prob a rooster. The roosters have huge wattles/combs and they usually almost IMMEDIATELY upon growing them have larger combs/wattles than all the pullets.
    09-06-2010, 11:10 PM
Might want to ditch the storm screen as flooring in your next coop it will couse bumble footing....and yes it does look like a rooster
    11-15-2010, 05:33 PM
Def a cock, we have hatched loads of that breed they grow slowly but become huge.
    11-19-2010, 08:56 PM
Green Broke
I'm late chiming in here, but I don't know that I agree. I know as my pullets were maturing I thought I had a whole LOAD of roos. In the end I DID get snuck in one roo, but sure enough all the rest were hens, but they have larger combs than any hens I have had before. I'll try to get pictures of them tomorrow, (the one pictures below isn't one of mine) but they look like this, and their combs are this big and red:

You can check him to see if he has spurs but that isn't always accurate - my roo and hens alike all have spur buds, and my roo never did get anything but the buds anyways, he never actually developed real spurs.

Also, as an aside, I have chickens and I have 5 large working Collies who I compete with herding. I can trust them around my chickens supervised, but would not trust them unsupervised. One has killed a chicken before, she got out once, and was trying to herd them constantly, and one dropped from exhaustion.
    11-20-2010, 11:16 AM
I would say looking at the chickens that he is definitely a guy, but as Indy mentioned, who's had experience with them, apparently the females get bigger combs and waddles than normal too. I am pretty sure that the barred rock is also a rooster. So they were wrong saying it was a hen. I looked up pictures just to be sure, and 12 week old hens don't even have that much waddle and comb. Good luck with them. I like chickens. Also there is a backyardchickens forum as well where you can get loads of info on chicks.
    11-25-2010, 05:25 AM
Backyardchickens is a great site!!! Been using that site for sabout 2 years now
    11-26-2010, 10:14 AM
Green Broke
My guess was Buff Cochin as well. We had one, and he was huge. He was also very territorial and would spur you in a heartbeat if you were in his lot. And for the most part, dogs and chickens, NOT a good idea. Dogs have an instinctive prey drive, and chickens are prey. Chickens run, dogs chase. There are exceptions, but as a general rule? Nope.
    11-26-2010, 10:27 AM
The Barred Rock looks just like my Barred Rock hens, they are a breed with large combs and they tend to mature earlier than Buff Orps or RI Reds. (That's what I have in my flock.) I'm not familiar with Buff Cochins, so I won't make a guess.

I third the recommendation for backyardchickens.com; it's a great site.

Agree with the poster that said some dogs can be trusted supervised, by very, very, few can be trusted unsupervised. Chickens running away from them just stimulates even the most latent prey drive in dogs.
    12-12-2010, 02:00 AM
Rooster,As Forest Gump would say"Thats all I've got to say about that."

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