HELP! I think I ended up with a roo instead of a hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AnimalLover15, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. AnimalLover15

    AnimalLover15 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to owning chickens, just bought 2 sexlink hens and what I thought at first was a white leghorn hen but after discussing the leghorn with a few people I'm starting to think he's a rooster. Woman said it was 3 months old.. can anyone help me here? I don't know what to look for to identify.


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  2. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    It looks like a cockerel.
     
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    AnimalLover15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your feedback. What are the things to look for next time I'm purchasing chickens so this doesn't happen again?
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    If you are going to collect birds in the future, some features include:

    More pronounced wattle and comb development compared to siblings or same breed / age
    Pointed hackle feathers (on the neck) - in females the feathers are rounded at the tips
    Being larger than siblings
    Saddle feather development (feathering at the base of the tail)

    (they need to be considered together, rather than as a singular indicator sometimes)


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  5. AnimalLover15

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    Thank you CT, I apperciate your help.
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel
     
  8. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    These are very good signs of a cockerel. Another thing I have noticed in cockerels are long and thick legs, compared to the other chickens.
     
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    thank you his legs are definitely thicker and he's the youngest
     

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