Is it a rooster? Some simple signs

By appps · Sep 25, 2013 · Updated Oct 10, 2014 · ·
  1. appps
    I find myself posting these photos quite often which is a pain from my phone so thought Id put them on a page to make it easy for me to link to when explaining the signs of a rooster.

    This is our little guy Ed (black one). He is a frizzle crossed with a silkie. So technically a sizzle but just pet quality.
    5-6 WEEKS OLD

    THis was his first appearance on BYC and that was to ask for gender ideas. At this point he was voted a Girl :) For reference the other two with him turned out to be girls (one of them with a rose comb did get voted boy though when young)

    8-10 WEEKS OLD
    He kept growing and his next appearance he was still being voted a girl. Not a lot changed in this 4 week period.

    12 WEEKS OLD
    But then puberty hit and we started to see the firs signs of changes. The good thing about Ed is that he has some Partridge Silkie in him somewhere and the Partridge colour can be used to sex them. It makes it really easy to see what you should be looking for as signs of a rooster. Everything Gold is indicative of a rooster, it just wont be stand out so dramatically on a non partridge bird without the gold. YOUR ROOSTERS FEATHERS WILL MORE THAN LIKELY BE THE SAME COLOR AS THE REST OF HIM, NOT GOLD, BUT THEY WILL BE IN THE SAME PLACES AND BE THE SAME SHAPE. BECAUSE HE HAS SOME FRIZZLE IN HIM THEY ALSO SIT OUT A LITTLE INSTEAD OF FLAT SO ITS EASIER TO SEE THEM IN THE PHOTOS. WITHOUT THE FRIZZLE THE FEATHERS WILL LAY FLAT ON YOUR BIRD LIKE A REGULAR FEATHER WOULD BUT AGAIN THE SHAPE AND LENGTH WILL BE THE SAME.

    Note how some gold feathers are starting to come in on the neck. They are a skinnier and longer feather than the rest of the feathers and they will come to more of a point where a hens feathers tend to have a more rounded end. This was the start of his Rooster plumage. The comb and wattles are now also starting to show some red coloring.

    14 WEEKS OLD
    The male feathers are now coming in thick and fast. See how they are coming through longer on the neck. Everything Gold is Male in this example. Note the tail also, longer and more upright feathers are starting to show. The stance has also gone much more upright.
    The comb is also growing now though the wattles have only turned red but not increased much.

    At 14 weeks old we also heard for the first time the sound of a strangled attempt at crowing coming from the coop.


    16 WEEKS OLD
    The comb has continued to grow and in our sizzle example so has his head feathers. The tail is much more noticably erect and the thinner gold male feathers are becoming more and more obvious on both his neck and back.


    20 WEEKS OLD
    All the back and neck feathers are in now and its very obvious that they are a different shape, longer and narrower than a regular feather.
    Both the comb and wattles are now larger and redder. Everything about the way he stands screams rooster :)

    As I sometimes see it asked I will aslo mention that at this point there really was nothing going on with the spurs. They really dont start to develop until much later, up to even 12 months of age, and hens will also have spur buds or even small spurs, so they cant be used to sex a rooster.


    if you look towards the back just before his tail feathers you can also just see some longer thin feathers much like his neck feathers that are hanging down the side just where the upright tail feathers begin (they look a slightly softer yellow here). These are also typical rooster feathers you should be looking for.
    Now remember the gold is a sign on a Partridge bird only, you wont get that colour nescesarrily on yours, but its great for pointing out exactly where you are supposed to be looking for those longer male feathers. His curl in his feathers makes them a bit easier to see too :)

    Hope this helps!

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  2. ronott1
    "good article"
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  3. karenerwin
    "Good tips for identifying a rooster"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 30, 2018
    I enjoyed your article regarding key traits to look for to help identify a rooster. I like that you repeatedly pointed out that the gold color would NOT necessarily be present in another persons' chicken ( unless theirs was a partridge also).
    I noticed that you did not talk about leg size ( thickness of legs). Is this because you don't believe this to be a rooster trait for all/most chicken breeds?
    1. appps
      No, to be honest it’s just because I’d not heard of that for sexing.


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  1. Mini Moe
    Where did you get such a handsome roo?
  2. Motherslove82
    What a beautiful boy!
  3. Mini Moe
    This is probably the most beautiful rooster that I'v ever seen. The colors are amazing. You say it' a Partriage Cochin? Did you get him from a breeder, feed store or online? ❣
  4. Deanna64
    He is beautiful!
  5. MissyMe11
    He is so beautiful!!
  6. FrauFrost
    He is such a beauty !!!! xox
  7. Mrs White
    What a beautiful boy!!
  8. SplashyDashyChicksHatchi
    You have quite a handsome rooster and I love the silkie/frizzle cross!
  9. Liven42day
    Beautiful handsome man
  10. Vratnyjulez
    He is beautiful
  11. WildAtHart
    Such a GORGEOUS boy!
  12. WildAtHart
    Such a GORGEOUS boy!
  13. TLCMidMichigan
    A beautiful bird combo.
  14. BreezyBre
    Thank you for sharing ! Gorgeous roo
  15. casportpony
    Great pictures!
  16. N Sully
    Well done! Nicely illustrated and explained.
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  17. Abriana
    Whoa. That roo is absolutely stunning! Gorgoues boy. Great article!
      ivystone likes this.
  18. AmberKnits
    Gorgeous Roo!!! Whatever he is, he is very handsome! I hope he has a good personality to go with those good looks!
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  19. Sutherlandfarms
    He’s lovely!!!
  20. Cycomiko
    That is a stunning cockerel! Thanks for sharing.
  21. 17 chickens
    Just 1 word says it all..."Stunning"
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  22. HeiHeisMom
    Beautiful boy!
    Thank you for sharing!
  23. Rlmp817
    He is so handsome! Such striking colors!
  24. The Phantom
  25. MotherOfChickens
    What a handsome fella he is!:love
  26. drumstick diva
    Gorgeous frizzle
  27. appps
    Its not a proper sizzle no, thats why I said pet quality. Has the right parents to be a sizzle but didnt get the right bits from them to be more than a bitsa one :) Perhaps that technically still makes him a frizzle, who knows LOL I was just trying to explain what he was :)

    LaughingFeather 6/10/14 at 10:49pmFlagA good article, thank you for writing it. I do have some questions though. I am also new a Sizzle breeding so excuse me if I am incorrect. I believe your bird is a Frizzle Something. The comb is all wrong for a Frizzle Sizzle. A Sizzle is supposed to have a comb like a Silkie and have all Silkie traits except for the feather type. Frizzle is a feather type so yes, your bird is a Frizzle but is it a Sizzle?
  28. pthurston
  29. highcountrybell
    WOW! beautiful!
  30. ChickenerMan
    wow that is one cooooooool rooster
  31. LaughingFeather
    A good article, thank you for writing it. I do have some questions though. I am also new a Sizzle breeding so excuse me if I am incorrect. I believe your bird is a Frizzle Something. The comb is all wrong for a Frizzle Sizzle. A Sizzle is supposed to have a comb like a Silkie and have all Silkie traits except for the feather type. Frizzle is a feather type so yes, your bird is a Frizzle but is it a Sizzle?
  32. greasemonkey88
    That is a good looking roo. I wish I had neighbors that wouldn't care if I had a rooster I have always wanted to incubate some and watch circle of life. <- insert lion king song here.
  33. PhipN FarmGirl
    Wow, that last photo is stunning! Thanks for the great pictorial.
  34. ZooSD
    What a handsome guy!
  35. stonecoldchey
    You have one handsome man there! You should be proud.
  36. Ryoohkey
    omg he's beautiful i want one
  37. Sharylva
  38. BigRedRoo
    I second the Jelous statement
  39. Tyaloria
    he is beautiful :)
  40. kculbert
    Very helpful! Thank you!
  41. Squizz
    What a hansom fella, Great photos too.
  42. KristyAnn
    Looks like my Frizzle Roxy. So far no comb much at all, looks just like him here at 8-10 weeks old but the wattles aren't so defined.
  43. PeckPeckChick
    Great article and you have a GOURGEOUS roo, I'm so jealous
  44. MyPetNugget
    Cute chickens and great pics! :D
  45. ChickInDelight
    What a good lookin guy!
  46. nate1the1great1
    I knew at first it was a boy bc silkies at the age when they get head feathers the girls have like a rounded feathers on there heads and the boys have feathers that stick up straight in the air so lol
  47. Bunnyla
    thanks for sharing. such a beauty.
  48. Mah1Mah1
    Very beautiful pictures! & helpful info thanks!
  49. Y N dottes
    that last pic is really cool....good job
  50. browland84
    I love him!

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