one of my hens may be a rooster - need some seasoned opinions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by brandichick, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. brandichick

    brandichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, this is my first time with chickens. I have had my eye on one particular 'hen' waiting to make sure she doesn't become a rooster (I've noticed some 'roosterish' behavior in the past 2 months but was told it's way too early to tell) and I am afraid she/he is. She is getting larger than my others and her tail has recently 'popped' out a bit. Today I noticed her feathers looked a bit messy around her neck and when they got on their roost tonight I touched her to smooth them down I felt what seems like new feathery spikes (excuse incorrect terms) underneath and they are pushing her existing feathers up. I immediately came in and googled 'partridge cochin rooster' and looked at pics and read a bit. I saw the roosters seemed to have an extra sort of collar of feathers and read it described as hackles. I think her/his are growing (four months old) I'm afraid I will hear a cock-a-doodle-doo next. I'm sad because I'm in the suburbs and can have hens but no roosters. I will have to give him away to a rooster rescue place. Does this sound like a rooster to you? I can post a pic tomorrow if it helps but I wanted to ask asap.

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  2. mmmeyer

    mmmeyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pictures would help, but by your discription congrats it a boy...sorry..
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Pics would help, of several of your birds including the suspected cockerel, close ups of their combs especially and hackle and saddle feathers.

    All birds get those spiky new feathers growing in all over, a cockerel hackle and saddle feather tips will begin to be very pointed at about 3-4 months...where the pullets feather tips will be rounded.
     
  4. brandichick

    brandichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here are some pics I just snapped of the 'suspect'

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  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Yep that is a rooster, sorry.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Oh yeah....that's a cockerel for sure, if the comb didn't tell the tale, those saddle feathers certainly do!
     
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  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    The red on his shoulder is the dead give away.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yep, that's a rooster. Not a partridge, though, more like a mixed color.
     

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