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Hen vs. rooster??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by littlechick2000, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    not all of them do, my little silkie roo will puff up his neck feathers or cluck,

    good roos (the ones that are best at protecting hens) will get worked up

    i still think it's a roo because of how high he holds himself and the coupled with the fact that he might have crowed
     
  2. aart

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  3. Chicken Girl1

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    I understand that, I just don't recommend trying to figure out gender based on that.
     
  4. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Overrun With Chickens

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    Even some of my pullets get a little worked up when I hold another. Especially the Australorps. I'm not sure if they actually get worked uo or just want to take the time to bully the one I'm holding or what but sometimes they have pecked me or tried to bite until I let them go haha I know they're pullets because I only have 8 birds and have gotten 8 eggs before plus they don't have combs or crow
     
  5. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    the getting worked up thing is not something to determine the gender just additional info to add to other signs
     
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  8. summerb123

    summerb123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does it have spurs if so rooster hen do have little spurs that are barely noticable too the eye a 4 month old rooster on the other hand would have a good sized spurs and pretty neck and tail feathers
     
  9. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

    Actually, at 4 months most cockerels would not have noticeable spurs. However, most would have hackle, saddle and sickle feathers, so you're right on that point. Don't base your gender guess on a four month old's spurs, as both pullets and cockerels have spur buttons at a young age. [​IMG]
     
  10. summerb123

    summerb123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i forgot what the feathers were called so i said that but i say other wise i have a 3 month old rooster and has noticeable spurs they are about 5 cm long and the hens which are the same age have little nubs for spurs
     

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