Chicken dilemma: Is Lindsay a cock?

by Lala

We’ve been getting about 5 or 6 eggs a week from our chickens. Only two of the four are old enough to be laying and I had assumed that both Paris and Lindsay are laying. But this afternoon when I went to visit the Chicken McMansion, I noticed that “Lindsay” looks more like a Lorenzo!

Paris is the white / blonde Brahma on the left and Lindsay is the partridge Brahma on the right. I can’t see any spurs on the partridge Brahma, so it was difficult to convince my husband 100% that the hen is a rooster.

A little bit of background, when we bought the chickens they were pullets, and it is a guessing game as to which are hens and which are roosters at that age. Even with the professional “chicken sexers” who look at chickens’ butt vents for a living to separate the men from the ladies, it is never 100% certain. Now most backyard farmers like us prefer hens for pets and egg laying, because roosters make a lot of noise and they harass the girls. That would make one very unpopular with the neighbors.

One also doesn’t need roosters to get eggs. The hens lay eggs regardless of whether there are roosters around, although these will always be unfertilized eggs, so there’s no chance of getting them hatched and increasing the flock.

Anyway, so far we haven’t heard any crowing from the Chicken McMansion. Lindsay doesn’t have large tail plumage either. However I’m convinced that our Lindsay is a man. If that is the case, I hope he keeps quiet and I will observe if Paris decides to get broody and hatch some of those eggs. My in-laws have also wanted to get back into raising chickens so maybe we can give them some chicks.

Here’s a closer look at the two, to compare their crests:
Chicken close up

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