how do you tell a rooster from a hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chikenlicken'10844, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. chikenlicken'10844

    chikenlicken'10844 Out Of The Brooder

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    When you are checking/looking to see if your chickens are male
    or female, you would generaly hold the chicken in a way you
    would be able to hold the chickens tail enough that you are able
    to see the chickens bottom. Then, you would push a little bit and
    you will either see two lumps witch would mean it's a rooster or
    you would not see two lumps witch would mean it's a hen.(I
    would highly recomend doing this when your cickens are middle
    aged or are adolsents.)[​IMG]
     
  2. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The crowing tends to be a dead giveaway. [​IMG]

    Ok, now that I've amused myself -- here are some ways to tell: Roosters develop a bright red comb early on. Their neck feathers are pointy, rather than rounded. And it's my experience that they are Mama's Boys.

    That's a start.

    And [​IMG]

    Jenny
     
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  3. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    chikenlicken'10844 :

    When you are checking/looking to see if your chickens are male
    or female, you would generaly hold the chicken in a way you
    would be able to hold the chickens tail enough that you are able
    to see the chickens bottom. Then, you would push a little bit and
    you will either see two lumps witch would mean it's a rooster or
    you would not see two lumps witch would mean it's a hen.(I
    would highly recomend doing this when your cickens are middle
    aged or are adolsents.)[​IMG]

    can u explain where u push lol i tryed this on chicks i know are male and female to c if i do see a differnce soo i know what im looking for and i dnt c a differnce at all​
     
  4. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    cant really be 100% in some breeds by combs and wattles though.

    i, for the most part, go by comb and wattles, the hackle feathers and the saddle feathers. leg thickness cant be trusted as hens can have thick legs and also the spurs as all chickens have spur bumps and some hens even grow spurs.
     
  5. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chikenlicken'10844 :

    When you are checking/looking to see if your chickens are male or female, you would generaly hold the chicken in a way you would be able to hold the chickens tail enough that you are able to see the chickens bottom. Then, you would push a little bit and you will either see two lumps witch would mean it's a rooster or you would not see two lumps witch would mean it's a hen.(I would highly recomend doing this when your cickens are middle aged or are adolsents.)[​IMG]

    This would be post-puberty when gonads have developed. By that point typical factors should be obvious, such as saddle/hackle feathers, large combs and the telltale crow.

    Where are you saying to "push"? Where did you learn this and what is your accuracy (% correct)? Just wondering how this came about.​
     

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