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Do hens EVER have saddle feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chamelle, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Chamelle

    Chamelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a big blue orp that I thought was a hen. I just noticed what appear to be saddle feathers.

    I know that sometimes a roo can be hen feathered, but is the opposite true?

    he/she has huge stompy legs, but the comb/wattles are small and pink. No tail at all.

    I'm not positive about age, I'll find out and edit this post. I can also post a pic if anyone is interested.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sounds like you have a rooster there. They dont get long tails for awhile. My poor Suede was bobtailed for ages and ages. To my knowledge, hens never get saddle feathers.

    And I'd love to see a picture of him!
     
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  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    You've got yourself a Rooster! [​IMG]
     
  4. Chamelle

    Chamelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww man!

    This sucks. I think he's going to be massive, too.

    If he ends up looking like suede I'm going to cry. No roosters for me. [​IMG]

    Here are some pics I took this evening

    In the first one you can see his size in relation to the hens. They are all about 6 months, but I can't remember how old the newly named Brutus is. He USED to be Big Blue Bertha.


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    There they are... those obviously roo-ish feathers. How did I not see those before now?


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    This is the best full body shot I got, he looks way smaller than he really is.


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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Oh, dear, yes you have a rooster. [​IMG] And they will be massive, these blue/black/splash Orp boys.
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Yep, a boy for you. Mine is about 6 months old and weighs about 8 lbs. He is the biggest of all my chickens (except for a couple of oriental game), even tops out over my barred rock boys.

    Okay... I gotta know, what is the buff colored chicken there with the blue head & neck feathers? Very pretty!
     
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  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Oh, I just noticed her. She looks a bit like my EE, June.
     
  8. Chamelle

    Chamelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats funny... I was JUST looking at a picture of June thinking, 'oh she looks kinda like my girls!' [​IMG]

    There are actually two, the one in the last pic has more gold in her neck. And yes, they're EE's. The white one too, and in the first pic there's another black/grey.

    They lay very plain slighly pink tinted eggs. I was bummed-- really looking forward to green or blue, or even khaki!

    Nice, NICE girls though.

    What do you think of Brutus, as far as type? Do you think anyone would be interested in him for breeding? Don't know of anyone in this area that's breeding blues tho--

    I can't remember for sure where he came from, but I got him from my dear Tsagirl, and she hatched him from an egg purchased from someone here.
     
  9. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    I thought she might be an EE, I have one but not as much blue as those. I would love to know how to reproduce the coloring. [​IMG]
     
  10. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I'd love to see a better picture of her!
     

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