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HELP! I think I ended up with a roo instead of a hen

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I'm new to owning chickens, just bought 2 sexlink hens and what I thought at first was a white leghorn hen but after discussing the leghorn with a few people I'm starting to think he's a rooster. Woman said it was 3 months old.. can anyone help me here? I don't know what to look for to identify.


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It looks like a cockerel.

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Originally Posted by cluckcluckgirl View Post

It looks like a cockerel.
Thank you for your feedback. What are the things to look for next time I'm purchasing chickens so this doesn't happen again?
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If you are going to collect birds in the future, some features include: 

 

More pronounced wattle and comb development compared to siblings or same breed / age

Pointed hackle feathers (on the neck) - in females the feathers are rounded at the tips

Being larger than siblings

Saddle feather development (feathering at the base of the tail)

 

(they need to be considered together, rather than as a singular indicator sometimes)

 

 

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Thank you CT, I apperciate your help.
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You are most welcome

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cockerel

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If you are going to collect birds in the future, some features include: 

 

More pronounced wattle and comb development compared to siblings or same breed / age

Pointed hackle feathers (on the neck) - in females the feathers are rounded at the tips

Being larger than siblings

Saddle feather development (feathering at the base of the tail)

 

(they need to be considered together, rather than as a singular indicator sometimes)

 

 

CT

These are very good signs of a cockerel. Another thing I have noticed in cockerels are long and thick legs, compared to the other chickens.

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Just love and accept people. :)

 

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Just love and accept people. :)

 

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These are very good signs of a cockerel. Another thing I have noticed in cockerels are long and thick legs, compared to the other chickens.
thank you his legs are definitely thicker and he's the youngest
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