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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:16 am 
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Hi, :help: I'm wondering if anyone can help me determine the sex of this chicken. My other half bought her and two others home from a commercial meat grower as a pullet. I estimate her to be 20-22wks now. She is crowing like nothing else and I am still buying eggs! Thanks for your time. :D


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 Post subject: Re: HEN OR ROOSTER ?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:18 am 
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Im sorry to say but he is a...................he

if he is crowing and you are still buying eggs, and he looks different



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:20 am 
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You have a rooster - but I think you already knew! :P The crowing tends to be a give-away! :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:27 am 
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Thanks heaps, I read on the internet that hens can crow, do you believe this to be correct? Guess i was in denial! Thanks again.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:30 am 
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i have a hen that crows and the neighbours do also lol


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:10 pm 
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are you positive "she" is the one crowing?? age wise, not to worry, i had a couple that didn't start to lay until aprox. 32 weeks. also, when my pullets get over 24 weeks, i start checking vents (where the egg actually comes out, aka: butt) at this age my roos tend to be small and puckery, while my hens are starting to become more full and puffy, larger and more moist. the closer they get to laying, those characteristics become more noticable, and the opening of the vent more dialated.

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Just giving you a heads-up in case you start to notice they have difficulty walking and even just standing. Meat chooks (in a commercial sense) are designed to be killed before they reach 20 weeks of age. Beyond that, their increasing weight will overwhelm the joints, ligaments and even their lungs to breathe properly.

Not a very happy scenario but that's what they're bred for - fast meat production and a very short life expectency.

If you notice they're having difficulty walking and standing, this will be why. I may be reading too much into your photos, but the first one looks like he's struggling to hold his weight up.

If you want an egg layer, you're best going with chooks bred for that purpose. Meat chooks are cheap because they aren't expected to live very long. Whether this is a boy or a girl, they aren't much good for anything but meat. Such is the life of a commercially bred meat chook. :cry:

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while hens can crow, they don't tend to do it as a young bird, crowing tends to be a side effect of aging in a hen, and when the male of the flock is removed the dominant hen can take over the role to the point of crowing. there are other exceptions to the rule.

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