do hens have the droopy 'earlobes' (with their combs/waddles) like a rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MrsLahman, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. MrsLahman

    MrsLahman In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2013
    Lachine, MI

    the ROOSTER on the left has comb/waddle and the earlobe part.. and the HOPEFUL HEN has her comb and waddle but NO droopy 'earlobe'. Im new to chickens and hope no earlobe means hen.
  2. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

    Mar 31, 2012
    London, UK
    My Coop
    depends on the age but if it not the age of laying

    basically under 18 weeks then that's a cockerel that is a little slow in growing
  3. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Hens do have droopy earlobes (some more than others), but a roo will almost always have considerably longer earlobes than a hen of the same age if they are both sexually mature.

    A better indicator would be checking and comparing their hackle and saddle feathers. Your roo on the left has some nice and easily visible saddle feathers. The angle of the photo doesn't show the saddles on the one of the right, but if they are the same, then you have two roos.

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