Does chick have saddle feathers yet???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ilovechicks2, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. ilovechicks2

    ilovechicks2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if the chick has saddle feathers or doesn't. Or if it's to early to tell. It's 5 weeks old. Srry for the not so good pictures, chick is SOOOOO camera shy.

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  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Regardless if it does - That is a definite male Easter Egger. Sorry. The color screams it.
     
  3. ilovechicks2

    ilovechicks2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:u don't hav 2 b mean about it. It's a yes or no question geez.
     
  4. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:u don't hav 2 b mean about it. It's a yes or no question geez.

    I don't believe the statement was meant to be "mean", I do agree with Illia though, the color in this case will reflect with some certainty that it is a rooster.
     
  5. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's too young to have saddle feathers, but he's still a boy. [​IMG]
     
  6. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    saddle feathers are the ones near the tail, by the fluff...coming down his sides...they are cream on my roo
    hackle feathers are around the base of the neck, this roo is 17 weeks old...also cream on my roo

    My roo that looks like yours, BTW, these are both EE roos...
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    ** can you post better shots, yours are a little blurry and we need side shots...to be sure...but I agree with everyone else
    ROOSTER.
     
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  7. akcountrygrrl

    akcountrygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your little roo doesn't have saddle feathers (they are located immediately in front of the tail and drape to either side of the tail base) yet. They normally don't start showing up until around 12 weeks old or so. Of course, some will be earlier and others later but... As to why everyone is saying your chick is a cockerel... A roo's color is normally more intense and splotchy than a hens (depending on breed and variety). Your little one is getting very intense red splotches over the wing bows, back, and shoulders.
     
  8. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

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    These are saddle feathers. See how Jasper's are pointed? He is a rooster.
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