How do you tell if a chicken is a rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WVjoe, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. WVjoe

    WVjoe Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2012
    I was trying to figure out which one of my 8 week old silver layced wyandottes are my 2 rooster. Is thier any reliable way to tell when they are at this age?
    Iv wanted chickens for a long time now, and since i bought a new house one of the first thing i did was convert an unused plastic building into a coop. i am suposed to have 2 Roo's, and it is killing me not knowing which ones they are :)
  2. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    It is a rooster if it goes "cock-a-doodle-doo!" [​IMG]

    Some farmers or people that have been around certain breeds can tell pretty quick just by looking at the feathers. For me I can tell when one of the young ones looks unusually bigger in the group.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Pictures help a lot. Pointy saddle feathers as opposed to rounded ones mean roo, also a wider pea comb, and slower feather development.
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    Take some good photos and post them on the What Breed or Gender Is This? thread. There are instructions at the top of the thread about what photos are needed. People on that thread are very good at figuring out gender, and eight weeks isn't too young to tell on most Wyandottes.

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