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post #11 of 17
yeah both roosters
post #12 of 17
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Thanks - always learning something!!!

post #13 of 17
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If I look up close I can see more rounded saddle feathers on one - and spikey on the other.

post #14 of 17
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I see much more rounded feathers on yours - and no combs.  Are combs the "nail in the coffin" that confirms a rooster??

post #15 of 17
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If I look up close I can see more rounded saddle feathers on one - and spikey on the other.

 

I think merely because one is a little younger or simply maturing a little more slowly...they both have very patchy coloring and most importantly, the red bars on the wing bows...a hallmark of rooster.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Rosie, bantam Cochin, and new Vivi a buff silkie. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Rosie, bantam Cochin, and new Vivi a buff silkie. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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post #16 of 17
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I see much more rounded feathers on yours - and no combs.  Are combs the "nail in the coffin" that confirms a rooster??

 

 

At 3 to 5 months of age, yes, as roosters get large big red combs early, while hens get moderate combs just before point of lay...unless a breed like Leghorn where the girls get some impressive combs too...but the Leghorn guys still far outshine them.

 

What a rooster alone will get is saddle feathers, the spiky cascade of feathers just before the tail, and red wing bars...typically will also have very colorful patches....and of course, they crow.

 

Girls will be more uniform in color pattern, have soft rounded feathers (some can get a bit of spike at the hackle), and moderate combs that come to "life" at point of lay, so a full grown hen and a maturing teenage boy can look similar, until the secondary sex feathers kick in and the comb comes to full size.

 

If it crows...it is almost always a rooster, barring a very odd occurrence where occasionally a hen will have a hormonal change and she can crow...but that is rare.

 

You have two roosters, without a doubt.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Rosie, bantam Cochin, and new Vivi a buff silkie. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Rosie, bantam Cochin, and new Vivi a buff silkie. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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post #17 of 17
I have had my Cochin for about 4 months and he has never crowed. I thought it was a hen until it started mounting the hens, but only a few, some don't like him but he gets along with my other rosters fine. Why is he not crowing?
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