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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.

post #2 of 21

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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post #3 of 21

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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post #4 of 21
I have the same issue. One is crowing now, but can't figure out which one. I think it might be this one.
post #5 of 21
Both appear female. Some females crow.

Try to show picture of both birds. Head from side and back from above.

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Originally Posted by centrarchid View Post

Both appear female. Some females crow.

Try to show picture of both birds. Head from side and back from above.

And one of my young cockerels did an egg song when he got startled! :P

post #8 of 21
Thank you for your help.ill try to take a few more pictures.
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@msparks17 Hi, welcome to BYC! :frow

 

Those look like my LH girl although I can't see the tail feather of the one closest to the camera.

 

@garnette89 I guess I can't see the pics of your flock that others are describing. :idunno

 

Nice that you have the ability to take in a rescue flock!

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Thanks for the welcome. Here is one pic smile.png [IMG]
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@msparks17
 Hi, welcome to BYC! frow.gif

Those look like my LH girl although I can't see the tail feather of the one closest to the camera.

@garnette89
 I guess I can't see the pics of your flock that others are describing. idunno.gif

Nice that you have the ability to take in a rescue flock!
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