Is this a Male of Female Polish Chicken

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jo-Miki, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. Jo-Miki

    Jo-Miki Chirping

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    Hello Everyone,
    We got the baby chick and was wondering if it is a Male of Female. We are starting to hear some strange noises almost like a male chicken.
    Thank You in advance. The other hens have pulled her/his head feathers out so they are just growing back now but still a big bald spot in the center of the back of the head. She/he gets bullied more than any other chicken we have owned. We made a special chicken coop just so we could isolate her and put in one or two chickens at a time with her/him and it seems to work when we do that but whenever she is with the whole flock she gets her head feathers pulled out. IMG_5629.JPG IMG_5628.JPG IMG_5626.JPG
    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Male.

    Curved tail feathers and especially the messy hairdo dictate the sex.
     
  3. Peepsi

    Peepsi Songster

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    That looks like a cockerel/rooster to me (pointy saddle and hackle feathers, curved tail, big red wattles). Polish tend to get bullied more in a mixed-breed flock because of that poofy crest, which stands out to the other chickens, and makes the polish chicken not be able to see as well as everyone else.
     
  4. Wolfefarmyard

    Wolfefarmyard Crowing

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    I agree, definitely a boy!
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    X2 and the crest makes them especially vulnerable to predation.
     
  6. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

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    Super MALE!
     
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  7. Jo-Miki

    Jo-Miki Chirping

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    Augh. It is my kids favorite chicken. We will need to find a place for him. What do you usually do with a male chicken.
    Thank You in advance
     
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  8. featheredplanets

    featheredplanets Songster

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    Most keep them, if they’re legally allowed to. If not then they’re either sold, given away, end up in a pot or handed to a rescue.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    I have sold some on craigslist or as a member of a trio.
    I normally eat 90% of the cockerels I'm not keeping for breeding.
    They taste just like chicken.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Out to pasture
    definite Cockerel
     
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