Gender help!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by shaun1says, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. shaun1says

    shaun1says Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    First time poster! I recently started my first flock and got a blackish one (pictured) as a hen but the more I look at it the more I think it could be a rooster. Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Picture is not showing. Pointy hackle, saddle and sickle feathers plus early comb development would indicate that you have a cockerel.
     
  3. shaun1says

    shaun1says Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok hopefully this picture works now! I think it's a male but he seems to be halfway between my defined hens and my defined roosters...
     
  4. shaun1says

    shaun1says Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] one more pic to help see. Thanks for your speedy response sourland!
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How old is this bird?
     
  6. shaun1says

    shaun1says Out Of The Brooder

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    I couldn't get an exact answer from the guy who had them but around 8 months
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Pullet then. Even a slow maturing male would have visible saddle feathers by 8 months.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    When I enlarge the picture, I think that I see pointy hackle and saddle feathers starting to appear. [​IMG] I'm guessing that the bird is somewhat less than 8 months old, and may very well be a cockerel.
     
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Yeah, I am inclined to agree with sourland
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    This was my thought, also. I was expecting age to be stated as 3-4ish months, that what it appears to me. Can we get a better profile pic so we can see the saddle feather area?
     
  11. shaun1says

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    Thank you all for your responses! Here is another picture to check out. The saddle feathers do not seem to point upwards like my other roosters but instead almost curve around the butt. I'm not sure if this means anything conclusive though
     

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