Is this a dude?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Utard, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Utard

    Utard Chirping

    Ok so I got 11 to start with and I know for sure one is a male but what about this one?

    So the one in the background is a Barred Plymouth Rock and that is for sure a female. One of the other Barred Plymouth rock is the male of the group and has a very red crest and is much larger than the female.

    But this one in front? I don't have any more of this breed to compare with. I am fairly sure this is a Blue Andalusian. From one photo I can find the females seem to have a fairly large crest compared to other breeds. But it is only a light pink crest not real red like the male I know I have.

    Oh yes they are about 7 weeks old today.

    My problem is Males are not allowed by city limits so when I deal with the other male I would want to do this one at the same time if it is male.

  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    It is a nice photo of the tail feathers, and while not 100% positive, I think it is a hen. Do not see any sign of saddle feathers, but they are still kind of in that awkward stage.....
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    If that bird is only 7 weeks & has a comb like that, I would say a roo. I have never seen a hen of any breed have that much comb at 7 weeks. I am guessing it started growing around 3 weeks, correct?
  4. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Songster

    Mar 27, 2013
    That much comb at that age says rooster to me. Saddle and hackle feathers won't be coming in for a couple more weeks.
  5. Utard

    Utard Chirping

    Saddle and hackle feathers ?

    I googled that. Are those the feathers that kind of look like a combover on his back?
  6. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Songster

    Mar 27, 2013
    They're present on the neck and on the back at the base of the tail. Males will have pointed feathers and females will have rounded feathers. Males won't grow these feathers in right away, and at 12+ weeks, you should be able to see them very distinctly. [​IMG]
    I found this picture on google images, it isn't mine, but this is what the individual feathers look like. You can take a piece of paper and put it under an individual feather to see the shape of it better, but at that young I don't think he will have them yet.

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