I'm confused by saddle feathers

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cockyboy, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. cockyboy

    cockyboy New Egg

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    Two of the 'pullets' that I have seem to be developing pointed saddle feathers which I've always been led to believe was indicitive of roosters.

    I am a total newbie so it's very possible that I'm looking at the wrong feathers. The two chickens in questions are a White Rock and Silver Laced Wyandotte which I purchased when they were about 6 weeks old from a very well known breeder of heritage birds, so I'm assuming they would know what they were doing when I asked for pullets.

    Both chickens would be about 20 weeks old now.

    Would greatly appreciate if anyone could confirm the sex of both birds.

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  2. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your pics posted too small for me to see on the white bird. Saddle feathers are long pointy feathers that curve downward. Sometimes they are really thin like a pencil and sometimes they are fatter, but always pointed, longer than other feathers, and curl downward.

    On my splash roo ignore the fat feathers hanging down. and look at the really thin long ones. Those are saddle feathers.

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    on the duckwing roo they are the silvery gold long feathers.

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    On this roo they are the pointy gold red feathers on his rump.

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    Hope this helps.

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  3. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still cant tell on the white one but I thinks its a roo. The multi one definately has saddle feathers. Its a boy.

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  4. cockyboy

    cockyboy New Egg

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    I've increased the size of the images, though it may still be difficult to see the feathers on the White Rock.
     
  5. Loddie Da

    Loddie Da Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 2nd bird is 100% a male.

    The 1st I just can't see his feathers well enough through all the white [​IMG] Can you hold him & rest his feathers on your hand so we can see.
     
  6. Chris09

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    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    In the first pic of the white one I can definitely see saddle feathers. Rooster.
    With the second bird, there is no doubt, rooster.
     
  8. okiehen

    okiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 6 weeks some breeds are very hard to tell pullets from roosters.
    The breeder just made a mistake this time and it happens, to the best of us.
    On my wyandottes I cant tell until 9 to 10 weeks of age. Some it take me longer yet.
    And a all white breed would be hard to tell until he had comb and wattles showing good or saddle feathers coming in.
     
  9. cockyboy

    cockyboy New Egg

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    Here are some better photos of the White Rock

    Thanks for all the replies, certainly looks like I was sold two roos. A sharply worded email will be going to the so called experts that sold me these chickens!!

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  10. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Both Roosters. [​IMG]
     

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