How To Tell A Chicken's Gender

Sep 28, 2020
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The easiest way to determine the sex of an adolescent chicken is by examining the feathers on the bird's neck. A female chicken has rounded feathers, and a male has pointed feathers. It is simple to check these feathers. Simply pick up the bird and hold it securely under one arm.

or check the wing feathers.
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TheOddOneOut

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Agreed, feather sexing only works on certain crosses.
And neck feathers aren’t actually accurate. Three of my six birds have shiny, point hackles and lay eggs.
Saddles are the way to determine gender on an adult.
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And combs aren‘t always accurate either.
(yes, I know that it varies for comb types.)
Here’s a hen with HUGE comb & wattles.
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And a roo with a small, wonky comb.
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I often see people (referring to pea combed cockerels)
‘But it can’t be! It’s comb is so small!’
 
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Sep 28, 2020
85
122
81
Palm Springs, California
Agreed, feather sexing only works on certain crosses.
And neck feathers aren’t actually accurate. Three of my six birds have shiny, point hackles and lay eggs.
Saddles are the way to determine gender on an adult. View attachment 2352568 View attachment 2352569
And combs aren‘t always accurate either.
(yes, I know that it varies for comb types.)
Here’s a hen with HUGE comb & wattles. View attachment 2352581
And a roo with a small, wonky comb. View attachment 2352582
I often see people (referring to pea combed cockerels)
‘But it can’t be! It’s comb is so small!’
I agree.
 

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