Are these pointed saddle feathers??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jeaucamom, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    I know I am supposed to be looking for pointy saddle feathers. But some of my chickens have way more rounded than others. Although none are as pointy as the pics of roos I have seen. Do they get more pointy as they get older??

    Harmony - my supposed sex link??? She has no comb or waddles at 9 weeks and no barring, but her feathers sure look pointy




    and this is Cloe my americauna/EE (still don't understand the difference ??? she has no comb or waddles either at 9 weeks.



    thanks for the help. Suz

    Wow, those ones of Choe are so clear on my camera, but fuzzy on here, will try to get better ones.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2007
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Here is my Ameraucana cockerel. Do you see the pointy saddle hanging off just in front of his tail? Also, you can see the very pointy hackles at the base of his neck. I don't see any pointy feathers on your birds, but it's hard to tell in those pics. And a black sexlink cockerel will not have that coloration at all, so you probably have a pullet, IMO, but that doesn't look like the black sexlink pullets I've seen, either. Too much brown, not enough black.
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Looks like both birds are girls!
  4. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    And if that first one isn't a sex link, what is she???
  5. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I believe she is a sex link, just not the most common color. Sometimes the colors are diluted, or off colored roosters or hens were used to create the offspring. She is off colored, but we have had many that looked like her, and we bred & hatched them.
    I also believe Harmony is a girl.

    EE's are hard for me unless I am watching them grow. The pea comb really can throw you off. They don't get the huge wattles either. I usually have to wait longer to tell with them.

  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Guess I should add that the head shot shows an EE pullet, IMO. Males have a much wider comb, not the single-blade-looking comb the pullets have for so long.
  7. ella

    ella Songster

    A male's pointed saddle and hackle feathers are very glossy and shiny, while a female's feathers are matte looking.

    EE's especially can have pointed looking feathers around their necks but they are not the sex feathers you look for when trying to determine gender.

    Chloe and Harmony look like pullets to me too. [​IMG]
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Your Cloe looks like my EE, Jamaica, when she was 9 weeks old...


    Here's Jamaica at 22 weeks old and laying blue-green eggs...



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