Day 87 of 365
There is a little game chicken people play every spring and summer. Overall, I have gotten pretty good at it, but sometimes, I am wrong. Generally, I can tell if a chicken is a hen or a rooster fairly early on. There are clues even when they are very young–thickness of their legs, tails, behavior, and in some situations, the comb can be a tell.
The last time I was thrown way off was years ago with one of Poe’s babies. That little boy had no comb and did not crow until he was 15 weeks old. I have seen roosters crow at 5 or 6 weeks. It’s the cutest thing ever! When I heard Poe’s baby crowing and realized I would not be getting a hen from my Poe, oh my goodness, my heart broke.
That was the last time I was way wrong on guessing in the hen or roo game, but I have a tricky one now. It’s Rostropovich.
When that chicken was little, I was pretty sure she was a she with an overall smaller size and thinner legs. I could tell quite early on that Dvorak was a boy, and Rostropovich definitely looked different from Dvorak. However, in the last few weeks, Rostropovich’s comb has gotten big enough that I am worried a bit.
Still, there has been no crowing at all from her (please be a her), and we have a Buff Orpington hen (Rostropovich is a Lavender Orpington) with a giant comb. So I try to be hopeful, but I worry my bias in hoping for a hen is influencing my ability to fairly assess the situation.
I took pictures tonight to share the dilemma.
So what do you think? Is Rostropovich a hen or a roo?
4 thoughts on “Hen or Roo?”
I love this guessing game…..and the photos are beautiful!
I’m going with “hen” on Rostropovich…..but truly, I have no clue.
Thanks for the Hen -Roo lesson!
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Maybe if everyone can just wish really hard with me that she’s a she, it will be so. : ) Thank you!
I’m guessing hen!
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Oh, this makes me hopeful! I have to say that I watched her/him closely this morning in terms of behavior with the other chickens, and the behavior is quite passive. The little rooster pecked her/him on the head, and there was no standing up to him at all. Just head down and moved on. It’s a good sign!