Help with Cock/Hen ID

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gilligate, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. gilligate

    gilligate Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Forum

    I am very new to raising bantams and would welcome help to identify cockerel from the hen.

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  2. chicklove93

    chicklove93 Out Of The Brooder

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    Depends on your breed. and do you have pictures?
     
  3. gilligate

    gilligate Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure of breed they were going to be given to a bird of prey for food as the guy had been locked up in jail. So I took em home to keep as pets, however we can't have cockerels. mike
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Can you take separate pictures of each of them? This isn't easy to identify from the image above.
     
  5. gilligate

    gilligate Out Of The Brooder

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    I will take a few pics and post them in the next 2 hours cheers mike
     
  6. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

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    Quote:Do you have any idea how old they are? Most of the time you can tell pretty early because the cockerels' combs and wattles will get bigger and pinker than the pullets. You can also check the inside "ankles" for the beginning of spurs... pullets can have bumps sometimes but cockerels, once again, will be more pronounced. Here are two of my Cochins when they were chicks...

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    ...also as they get older you will notice a difference in the saddle and hackle feathers (feathers in front of the tail and on the neck) in cockerels they will become long, narrow and pointy... Like this adult

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  7. gilligate

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    Many thanks Susan, I believe they are around 6 weeks old. Mike
     
  8. gilligate

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    Chic number 1 = Cock or Hen?
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  9. gilligate

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    Chick number 2 = Cock or Hen?
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  10. gilligate

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    Chick number 3 =Cock or Hen?
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