Do you see saddle feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Justanother Brooke, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Justanother Brooke

    Justanother Brooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This one chicken is confusing me! Out of the 5 we have, 2 are definitely pullets, 2 are definitely cockerels (based on the saddle feathers, super pointy), but this one I just can't figure out. He/she has a larger comb and wattles than the hens, by far, but as far as I can tell, none of the saddle feathers are pointy. What do you guys think?
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  2. banjoejoe4783

    banjoejoe4783 VILLAMIL FARMS

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    that is a roo you can see the shinny pointy sadel feathers coming in [​IMG]
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    See how the feathers have bristly tips on the, and they're coming to an almost triangular shape instead of a nice round or oval shape? Those are little baby saddle feathers. Also, the comb/wattles is another giveaway as well as the pointed, small hackle feathers coming in on the neck.
     
  4. Justanother Brooke

    Justanother Brooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part that he could still be a she! I guess he and one of the other roos will be looking for homes, or will be put in the freezer. Three roos and 2 hens does not sound like a good ratio to me!
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup, boy for sure.
     
  6. Winggedheart

    Winggedheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Handsome little boy. [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's not. I would never have any less than 8 hens in with one roo, 6 at the *very* least, to keep the hens happy and from getting too much feather damage.

    The only time I would do otherwise was if I was breeding on a small scale.
     
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