15 week old crowing hens?

Posted by: AAProduce

15 week old crowing hens? - 06/14/11 07:21 AM

I have three straight run 15 week old RIR chickens? When a neighbor sexed them for me at 10 weeks I was told they were hens. About three weeks ago they all started crowing at sun up and at various times throughout the day. I live within city limits so Roosters are not allowed. I have looked at every picture I can find of RIR and mine look like hens, but sound like roosters.

There are no physical distinctions other than slight comb variations (just enough to tell them apart) So is it possible I have three roosters and no hens? Do hens crow when they are not laying?(I have heard and wad that they sometimes crow when they have laid but mine are not old enough to lay yet.)

Thanks in advance for any and all info.
Posted by: Wieslaw

Re: 15 week old crowing hens? - 06/14/11 07:33 AM

Welcome to the forum.

I have had a number of crowing hens, but not this young.There is no reason for such young pullets to crow. I'm nearly sure you have roosters. Pictures??
Posted by: AAProduce

Re: 15 week old crowing hens? - 06/14/11 09:27 AM

[img]http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2...0811&type=1[/img]

Here are Gertrude and Maggie. I really do not want them to be Gunther and Miles.
Posted by: Wieslaw

Re: 15 week old crowing hens? - 06/14/11 09:29 AM

Your picture is only available for facebook members. You'll have to upload it to another host.
Posted by: AAProduce

Re: 15 week old crowing hens? - 06/14/11 10:03 AM

[img]http://s1139.photobucket.com/albums/n544/Aeshbach/[/img]

Try this one.
Posted by: Wieslaw

Re: 15 week old crowing hens? - 06/14/11 10:44 AM

Cocks. You can check for yourself: if their feathers in the neck hackle and the saddle are pointy, then they are cockerels
It is best to show the whole body to see the tail too.

Posted by: CJR

Re: 15 week old crowing hens? - 06/14/11 02:08 PM

Wonder if he held them head down, by the feet, to sex them?
CJR grin grin grin
Posted by: Foehn

Re: 15 week old crowing hens? - 06/14/11 08:45 PM

RIR's generally carry the slow feathering gene, so that makes them very easy to sex from about 2-3 days old. Here is a picture of mine at 3 weeks or there abouts. Notice the chick that has no feathers on back and shorter wing feathers. That's the boy. The others are female. Can you remember if your birds looked like this at around the same age. It's one of the easiest of chicks to tell the sex