Jersey Giant - about 4-5 month old

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by apowell, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. apowell

    apowell Out Of The Brooder

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    Last of our 6 "pullets" - 4 roos already dispatched to freezer camp, really hoping we have one lady here, but I'm just not sure. Someone out there is crowing, I haven't caught them yet but I suspect it is Bird 1. What do you think? Anyone in Washington need a roo-giant?

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    Both Birds together
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  2. RockerHen

    RockerHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bird 1 is definitely a roo. Bird 2 is looking rooish as well, but i'm not positive.
     
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  3. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    it is hard to tell as neither has any sign of cockerel feathering...going by comb and wattle size then the first is a cockerel. at 16-20 weeks of age you should however be seeing long, slender pointed saddles and hackles. you may have a crowing pullet....
     
  4. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    What hdowden said [​IMG]
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Bird 1 looks like it has hackle feathers starting to me. They both look roo-ish, truthfull. Giants are slower to mature and they just don't look feminine.
     
  6. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree about both looking roo-ish. Keep an eye on those saddle feathers on bird 2. I had an Ameraucana that didn't show any signs of manly feathers until he was about 6 months old, and it was the saddle feathers that came in first.
     
  7. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it's too early to tell for sure either way...
     
  8. apowell

    apowell Out Of The Brooder

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    They are both almost 5 months old. We had 6 and the "chief roo" was clearly a roo. Saddle feathers, crowing, mounting roo-bird. 3 others had distinctive saddle feathers, but no crowing. Those four left about 10 days ago, bird 1 started crowing about a week after that. Goobers. I think you are right about hackle feathers on him.
     
  9. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    take the one that is crowing catch it and have a piece of white paper with you and place a few of the hackles on the paper you should be able to tell for sure if they are pointed or not
     

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