hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lobster omlette, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. lobster omlette

    lobster omlette Out Of The Brooder

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    I know nothing about keeping chickens. Mine are about 4mos old best guess how can I tell if the seller hoodwinked me or not? I can't have a rooster I'm sure the neighbors will complain of the noise, so far they are quite enough. thanks all
     
  2. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old are they??.....if you could post some pics that would be helpful....some ways to tell are..... how big and red the comb is...if they have saddle and tail feathers....how
    thick the feet are.....and of course if they crow!.......... [​IMG]
     
  3. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC. Yep, if they crow they are roosters. Many breeds cannot be sexed as chicks so it's luck of the draw. We incubated 11 eggs and got 9 roosters. Sheesh.
     
  4. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have roosters, you should be able to see the pointed hackle(neck) and saddle (back) feathers coming in.

    Saddle feathers on a young roo
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    Here he is a little older
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    edit: posted same picture [​IMG]
     
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  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    above poster is right, on my roo, you can see the hackle and saddle feathers really easy,
    the lighter colored ones, yellowish around base of tail and neck...
     
  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    heres my roo. i used paint to lable the signs of a roo feather wise...at 4-5 months you should see hackles at lest and eaither saddles poping out or coming in

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  7. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:if you can post some pics it can help us determine if they are roos for you. you can use photobucket to post the pics as well
     

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