How do you tell the differences?

miron28

Songster
11 Years
Sep 8, 2008
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lenoir north carolina
Ok I got some chickens for free I don’t know how old they are. My neighbor said they were 3 rosters and 1 hen. But how do you tell what there sex is?
 

momofchicks

Songster
11 Years
Apr 23, 2008
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Kentucky
Hello! Okay, if they already have combs (on top of their heads) the male's are larger. The feathers on the males back near the tail, swoop down toward the ground whereas the feathers on females back go straight toward their back end. Males are usually larger in stature than hens. And of course Roosters crow and hens lay eggs. Good luck.
 

Jlessl

In the Brooder
11 Years
Sep 6, 2008
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Gainesville, Florida
Physical Characteristics (4-6 weeks of age)

Comb – The cockerels comb is medium size and pinkish, the pullets is small and yellowish.

Legs – The cockerel’s legs are sturdy and long, the pullets are finer and shorter.

Tail – The cockerel’s tail is stumpy and curved, the pullets is longer and straight.

Back – The cockerel has a thin line of stub feathers down the center of his back, the pullet has more advanced feathering along the center of her back.

Side of neck, flank and crop – The feathering in the cockerel in these areas is poorly advanced, the pullets feathering in these areas is well advanced.

Wing bows – In the cockerel the wing bows are bare, in pullets the wing bows are covered with small feathers.
 

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