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How to tell if your Chicken is a Hen or a Rooster. Answers HERE!!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BoomChickaPop, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen so many posts on BYC, of people wondering if their chicken is a hen or a rooster? So I have put together a post to help people find out what they actually have.
    Here we go!



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    These are the long beautiful feathers on a rooster, that you should look out for. They should be shiny and long.

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    Look for a red comb(If the bird is young, the comb will turn a brighter red color then the hens).

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    Listen to their voice, Rooster tend to have a deeper raspier voice then the hens. And around 5-7 months they will start crowing.


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    Look for bigger, thicker feet than the hens. Now roosters don't get spurs this long until they are at least 1 1/2 years of age.

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    Keep an eye out for long tails developing. The tails will start to turn pretty colors as they grow.

    And that is how you can tell a rooster from a hen.


    Now here is what to look for in hens

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    The hens typically have smaller combs and wattles( Depends on age and breed)

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    On a hen, the saddle feathers are short and rounded, compared to the roosters long and shiny feathers.


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    Hens legs, are nice and skinny. compared to the roosters big and thick legs. But hens can grow spurs at 3 years and up.

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    Hens also have a different voice than the roosters. They have more of a soft cluck, but it tends to differ.

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    This is what an adult hen looks like. She has no long saddle feathers, No curved tail, rounded hackle feathers, and a large comb(But she is an adult).


    I hope this helps you
    -BCP







     
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  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Continued..
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    Hens also have a different voice than the roosters. They have more of a soft cluck, but it tends to differ.

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    This is what an adult hen looks like. She has no long saddle feathers, No curved tail, rounded hackle feathers, and a large comb(But she is an adult).



    I hope this helps
    -BCP
     
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  3. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also post your pics of you birds here. And I can tell you if they are a Hen or a Rooster.

    Happy Clucking!

    -BCP
     
  4. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey BoomChickaPop! I was wondering, what would a 4 month cockerel spur nubs look like compared to a 4 month pullets? Great thread! I nominate for sticky!
    -Liv
     
  5. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably the nubs on the rooster would be a little bigger. And the hens smaller. Not sure lol, I will have to go look at some of my 4 month olds to know for sure
    And thankyou! I had nothing else to do so I thought of this.

    -BCP
     
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  6. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would the boys nubs be more pointed?
    Thanks!
    -Liv
     
  7. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe I have to check. It does take them a while to grow their spurs.

    -BCP
     
  8. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just checked, and the nubs ARE bigger than the hens. More tips just keep coming

    -BCP
     
  9. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just checked too! Lol! Yes, I agree. Thank you!!
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  10. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your welcome @BabyandCotton !

    -BCP
     

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