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Hen or Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tonyawms, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. tonyawms

    tonyawms New Egg

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    My 5 month old "hen" is acting more like a rooster. Need a second opinion...[​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. tonyawms

    tonyawms New Egg

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    More recent picture. Three weeks older than first picture I posted.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2016
  3. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    100% cockerel
     
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  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Definitely male. The 'lighter' barring is male specific, as are the saddle feathers...
     
  5. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    [​IMG]

    That's a young rooster.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  8. The Home Flock

    The Home Flock Out Of The Brooder

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    So the distinguishing features in this case are the larger redder comb and wattles (the dangly bits under the head), the lighter (more widely spaced) barring (the males receive a double dose of the barring gene, the females only single dose), the narrow sharper pointed neck hackle feathers and the narrow sharper pointed tail coverts and saddle feathers. It's easier when you know what to look for. It's all part of the learning experience.

    Best wishes.

    THF
     
  9. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The barring is the give away more than the comb and wattles.
     

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