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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

    Jan 29, 2011
    Goldendale, WA
    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?
  2. banjoejoe4783

    banjoejoe4783 VILLAMIL FARMS

    Oct 6, 2010
    westville ok
    that is a roo you can see the shinny pointy sadel feathers coming in [​IMG]
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    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

    Jan 29, 2011
    Goldendale, WA
    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

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yup, boy for sure.
  6. Winggedheart

    Winggedheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2010
    Handsome little boy. [​IMG]
  7. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    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.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011

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