I'm confused by saddle feathers

cockyboy

Hatching
9 Years
Jun 23, 2010
7
0
7
Nova Scotia
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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cashdl

Songster
11 Years
Nov 25, 2008
2,181
41
214
Willits
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.

Lanae
 

cashdl

Songster
11 Years
Nov 25, 2008
2,181
41
214
Willits
Still cant tell on the white one but I thinks its a roo. The multi one definately has saddle feathers. Its a boy.

Lanae
 

Loddie Da

Songster
13 Years
Jan 14, 2007
172
6
141
Troy, New York
The 2nd bird is 100% a male.

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

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
14 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,913
407
681
SW Arkansas
In the first pic of the white one I can definitely see saddle feathers. Rooster.
With the second bird, there is no doubt, rooster.
 

okiehen

Songster
12 Years
Oct 25, 2007
1,778
12
181
Oklahoma
roosters
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.
 

cockyboy

Hatching
9 Years
Jun 23, 2010
7
0
7
Nova Scotia
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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