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Males or females? How to tell a Leghorn rooster from a hen?

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I rescued a flock of leghorns and I thought I had 4 roosters and 2 hens but now after getting various opinions I dont know! How can I tell which is which? ONly one has spurs. 2 have smaller combs and 4 have larger combs.

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Can you post a picture of the one that has spurs?  All of the pictures that you have posted are hens.  Leghorn roosters are a third or more larger than the hens.  None of the birds pictured have 'rooster' hackle, sickle, or tail feathers.  If there were roosters, they would be crowing.


Edited by sourland - 6/30/13 at 4:11pm
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Your birds with respect to flight feathers of tail are in good shape.  That makes it easy.  Do a search on white leghorn rooster images and look first at tail.  Notice the long curved feathers on males / roosters.

 

See link below.

 

http://www.bing.com/search?q=white+leghorn+rooster+images&form=DLRDF8&pc=MDDR&src=IE-SearchBox

 

 

 

Also note the comb which is even larger than your birds posses.  Leghorns tend to have large combs.

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