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Sure way to tell the difference between a rooster and a hen

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I watched a video on telling the difference, and one of the main ways is to look at the feet. If it is a rooster, it will have talons.  Only roosters have them, hens don't. A talon looks like a fourth toe growing out the side of the leg.

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Actually, that isn't true. What you are referring to is a spur. Roosters don't get true spurs until they are almost a year old, and most folks are very sure they have a rooster long before he gets his spurs. And some hens have spurs.  A talon is technically a toenail. Where did you see this video? Could you post the link for us?

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My hens have those hmm  The only sure way is if they crow or lay an egg wink

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post #4 of 25

And all chickens have at least four toes...
Comb/feather development is the only way before a crow comes out.

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I'm sorry, I guess I shouldn't post before my first cup of coffee! It is a spur, and it is like a fifth toe.  Here is the link to the video!   http://www.ehow.com/video_2349783_difference-between-hens-roosters.html   
Sorry for my half awake reply! Hopefully, this video can say it better than me!!

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Actually, that isn't true. What you are referring to is a spur. Roosters don't get true spurs until they are almost a year old, and most folks are very sure they have a rooster long before he gets his spurs. And some hens have spurs.  A talon is technically a toenail. Where did you see this video? Could you post the link for us?


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Is it bad that I just laughed at that video?  hide  duc

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Is it bad that I just laughed at that video?  hide  duc


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Is it bad that I just laughed at that video?  hide  duc


Nope, I did as well.  Ther were MANY MANY inaccuracies in the video.

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post #10 of 25

Those people tell SO many inaccuracies in all their videos, it's a shame because so many viewers believe it too.

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