Newbie question: Is my chicken a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OlivenhainChickens, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. OlivenhainChickens

    OlivenhainChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 22, 2008
    My two chickens are about 5 months old and one is beginning to crow a little bit.

    What should I be looking for to figure out if one of my chickens is a rooster and not a hen?
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    The feathers at the base of the tail on the birds back will start looking longer and pointed and make sort of a watterfall like appearance. The comb and wattles will be larger and more pronounced. In some breeds the legs will be thicker and more masculine. Also the neck feathers will be more slender and thicker. Tail carriage is normally higher and the feathers are generally longer.

    Example pic to go from:

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2009

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