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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by marytoast, Feb 21, 2009.
Where are hackle feathers and can you sex an ameracauna by them?
Hackle feathers are around the neck....
See here https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-anatomy.html
But some breeds the females can also have rather pointy and shiney hackles.... saddle feathers, I think, are the better way to know.
They start to come in on the back about midway down and if it is a cockerel of around 3-5 months of age you should be able to see them coming in pointy.
Here's a pic of some saddle feathers from my Ameraucanas....
Pullet, slow developing cockerel, slow dev. cockerel, cockerel,and pullet.
Thanks a buch! That was very helpful. I am just trying to sex my 3 wk. old ameracaunas. I think it is impossible
At 3 weeks.. yes You're going to have to wait a bit longer... at least 8 weeks before the first real signs will start to come in. Are these true Ameraucana or Easter Eggers? My EEs were much quicker to show signs than my actual Ameraucanas.... I had 2 BBS Ameraucanas that were very slow in developing and still looked like pullets when the other cockerels were clearly cockerels. This was at 5-6 months of age. My EEs I could pretty much tell at about 8 weeks.
When you were a kid did you ever hear the expression "don't get your hackle feathers up"?
Once you see an adult rooster raise his hackles at a disobedient hen, you'll know where the expression came from.