How to tell the gender.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kizza07, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. kizza07

    kizza07 In the Brooder

    Dec 28, 2007
    Hey everyone! [​IMG] Some help here would be really appreciated! [​IMG]

    How do you guys tell the gender of a chicken? [​IMG]

    Its just that I have a friend who wants me to tell her what gender her chickens are and I have no idea! [​IMG]

    I know from agriculture at school that in the average chicken such as Rhode Island Red's, you outstretch their wing and look at the feathers. The males have the longest feathers.

    I'm not too sure though!

    She has a few Old English Game crossed with Belgiums.

    She also has 2 silkies.

    Its going to take forever to catch the OEGxB

    What should i do? Stretch out the wing or is it different for these breeds?

    I know that you can tell from pics.

    What angles etc pics should i take.

    But also from interest, HOW do you smart people tell??? [​IMG]

    Thank you in advance for any help that you can give me!

    She is worse than me! lol promise!

    But she doesnt have internet so can't join this, so I'm doing it fro her!

    Thanks again
  2. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    the feather sexing does not work on those breeds you should be able to tell from the comb size and the feathers or the roosters.

    Hope that Helps
  3. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Look for in some breeds saddle and hackle feathers. If pointed, they tend to be males. Also look at the tail. If it starts to curl, it is male. THe comb and wattle is the most used ways. My aunt said something about turtning the chicken upside down and whoever moves the most is a male(i think thats what she said).

  4. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    If you're taking pics - try to show the whole chicken from one side, more from the back than the front.
    You want to look for the hackle feathers on the back of the neck and the saddle feathers above their tail. Pointed = boys. Rounded = girls.
    I think - experts correct me if I'm wrong! [​IMG]
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Why don't you take a look at You can probably find pics of all the breeds mentioned and get an idea of what the sexes look like in each. The crosses won't look exactly like either breed, but should resemble one or the other.
  6. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Some Silkies are near impossible to sex until they are either crowing or laying eggs.
    Other breeds have colors like Duckwings or BBRs that vary so much with the male and female you should be able to tell who's who by the time they are 6 weeks.

    Other then that comb/wattle size, saddle and hackle feathers (pointed for a male, rounded for a female) spur bumps and even the shape of the bird can all be tell tale signs of male or female.

    You can always just take pictures and post them. [​IMG] We love pictures. Side views I think are the best.

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