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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:03 pm    Post subject: Hen or Cock Reply with quote

Which appears to be the hen


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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The white one is a suffolk white or Pointe white looks like my hens, dont know what the other is deffo not a rhode island as they are bigger but does not look big enough to be a cock having said that its not always the size the counts Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no expert but the bigger comb would make think the brown one is the cock. Maybe the combs vary in size from one breed to another.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother got the two of them in January. He thought he had a hen and cock.

Later on after a couple of mornings with 2 eggs in the nest he knew he had 2 hens.I thought the one with the big comb was a cock,but no.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhh but the one hen could have laid both eggs. There is a way of sexing them but children might be reading.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How to sex your hens.
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/95/sexing-chicks-in-the-backyard-flock
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He put the hen with the big comb in a seperate house and there was an egg there in the morning
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either a miracle of biblical proportions or proof positive.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In modern times,sometimes it's hard to know a male from a female.
Was it a Man or Woman won the eurovision song contest this year.
I don't know.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More of an it I think.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some may have said, the right is a White Sussex, the left looks like a RIR (or a New Hampshire) cross with maybe a Sebright, looking at the tail feather colouring.

Has the left bird got spurs? I cant see the saddle feathers on it, so does look like a Henrietta. Ive had hens that had combs and wattles bigger than some roosters, dont rely on their size.

Its all academic really, as you say they both lay.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took a photo of the left bird's leg today.
very hard to catch.


You may want to see the other hen's one beside it.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naw you need to photograph the right leg to tell the difference between cock and hen Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was a youngster, my Dad ordered 25 hen chicks and 25 'as hatched'. 12 of the latter were cocks but we didn't mind as once they had grown up a bit, they made very tasty Sunday roasts.
A really nostalgia inducing smell for me is the warm meally scent of chicken mash, freshly made and warmed in a bucket by the range. Takes me right back to being 10 in Florencecourt and to neighbours' kitchens as well as ours.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Naw you need to photograph the right leg to tell the difference between cock and hen Laughing



No Spurs
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