It has been 7 weeks now since we brought home the 8 hen chicks. Over these 7 weeks, they have changed dramatically. What were peeps are now clucks. What was down is now feathers. All of these changes were fully expected. Except for one…
See, when we decided to go with chickens, we went with all females. And since we had all females, we figured they would all mature pretty similarly. After about 4 weeks, one particular hen started getting a little bit bigger than the rest. Also, she always had a little bit more of a comb on her beak.
This hen continued to grow faster than the rest and is now clearly the largest bird. Fat hen? Possibly. Except for her
mohawk comb and beard wattle.
Now, I’m no chicken expert (yet), but I’m pretty sure these could be signs of a …. ROOSTER! What? We got hens, not roosters! But I’m not completely positive and won’t know for sure until it gets a couple of months older. Here is the latest view of the rooster at about 7 weeks old.
So, what’s your vote? A hen, or a rooster?
Hen or a Rooster?
- Rooster (91%, 21 Votes)
- Hen (9%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 23
Update 8/7/11: As it turns out, it was a rooster. Cock-a-doodle-do and all. See the rooster crowing.