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Got this beautiful bantam rooster today and 8 of his children. Some creep, not the lady who gave them to me, cut off his comb! :(

 

 

Pullets or Cockerels on his children?

 

Thanks!

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Only one photo besides the first adult cock (gorgeous bird by the way) is showing, did you mean to upload more?

The one that is showing is a cockerel.

200 something birds, 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies. Enjoying meat, eggs, and beautiful birds. Breeding Silkies, Booted Bantams, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practicer/advocate. Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds, 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies. Enjoying meat, eggs, and beautiful birds. Breeding Silkies, Booted Bantams, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practicer/advocate. Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Thanks, we think he's pretty gorgeous!  I've got 4 small silkie-mix hens that I think he would make beautiful babies with.  

 

I only posted the one picture.  They all pretty much look like the one in the picture.  What makes it a cockerel so I can check the others?  I'd hate to think I got all cockerels, but hey, they were free, so no loss other than food until I can sell them. 

 

Thanks again-

Juli

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The Hackle feathers are those around the neck. On a cockerel/rooster they're long, thin and pointed.  They also are rather loose around the neck.  On a pullet, they're wider and have rounded tips and aren't loose. 

 

Next are the Saddle feathers.  They're also like the hackles; long, thin and pointed.  They begin between the wings and drape to either side of the cockerel/rooster. 

 

Sickle feathers are those long tail feathers that curl over on a male.  

 

A cockerel or rooster will also carry himself a little differently than a pullet or hen.  More upright. He'll also have longer, thicker legs and as he ages will grow spurs. 

 

Cockerel combs and wattles will grow and redden faster than a pullet as well. 


Edited by islandgirl82 - 6/19/16 at 7:30pm

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