Hen or a Rooster?

| Posted By: Brian | 27 Comments

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…

The baby chicks 1 week old.

The barred rock of interest is on the left.

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.

Barred rock chickens next to each other for comparison

Can you tell the difference in the size of the two barred rocks?

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.

A rooster at 4 weeks old with a comb starting to form.

Notice the comb and wattle starting to form. This chicken is 4 weeks of age.

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.

A closeup view of the barred rock rooster/hen.

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

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Update 8/7/11: As it turns out, it was a rooster. Cock-a-doodle-do and all. See the rooster crowing.

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27 Responses to “Hen or a Rooster?”

  1. Mom says:

    I wonder if this is the one that got aggresive with Mya?

  2. Peggy says:

    You probably do have a rooster here. At four weeks of age, it has a pretty large comb. And since it is more agressive, and jumps on the other chickens, it really sounds like the actions of a rooster. Good luck with that! Peggy

  3. Peggy says:

    Of course if you want more baby chickens, you are going to need that rooster.

  4. Georgia/Mom says:

    Well one thing is for sure….before too long it will either being laying an egg or crowing!

  5. Lara says:

    Peggy- I’d say we’re 99.9% sure it’s a rooster at this point. He actually isn’t too aggressive though at this point. He just acts a little more so than the other chickens. I hope I’m not going to be eating my words later! He’s a beautiful chicken though. A real stunner for the lady hens to look at 😉 And yes you’re right, if we do want chicks, we must have a rooster. Maybe it’s not all bad??

    Georgia (aka mom)- Yep, I think we’ll be 100% certain once we hear a crow come out of his mouth or on the other hand, if an egg falls out, haha :)

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  6. LindseyBee says:

    maybe she-he is a hen with manly qualities… so she-he is special. I suppose you’ll know when you hear him-her call at 5 in the AM!

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