Hen or Roo

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by LilCtryGal, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. LilCtryGal

    LilCtryGal Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been pretty confident that my Polish Buff Glitzy is a Hen but, the last couple days I've caught her crowing !! Would like other opinions as to what I've got here, Hen or Roo.
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    How old is Glitzy? That topknot with the long fly away feathers looks like it belongs to a roo. You might want to take side pictures showing the back and tail area to look for saddle feathers.
     
  3. Chicken Exepert

    Chicken Exepert New Egg

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    I would check for saddle feathers. Also, does it mate with the other chickens?
    Do you have any other roosters? Somtimes when there are not any roosters in a flock the chicken with the largest wattle will start to take on the role of a rooster and start crowing.
    Good luck!
     
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  4. LilCtryGal

    LilCtryGal Out Of The Brooder

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    Glitzy is about 4 mths. I do have another Rooster in the flock. Have not seen and mating relations going on. I'm new to this so I'm not sure about saddle feathers. Her is a side picture.
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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    With those patchy reddish feathers and what look to be saddle feathers coming in, am pretty sure Glitsy is a boy.
     
  6. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Saddle feathers are the long skinny feathers around base of the tail and lower back. They are more obvious on mature roosters.

    I agree this bird is a rooster for the reasons stated. Pullet polish crest feathers have very rounded and broad tips and don't do the 'punk rocker' look like he has.

    No mating activity because he is still young. In a month or two, or when the hens are laying he will start mating.
     

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