Pics that show the diff between rooster & hen saddle feathers?

Woofless

Songster
9 Years
Apr 7, 2010
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Hi all, I was sitting out in the chicken house today studying my growing birds....they're all between 7-10 weeks old now.

Like a lot of you I am having fun trying to see if I can pick out which ones are roosters. I've got two pegged due to their early comb/wattle development- my Japanese Bantam (I think that's what he is) rooster who is now 7 weeks old had a big red comb at 4 weeks!!

Anyway, I keep reading that one of the characteristics of roosters is that they have "pointed saddle feathers" whereas hens will have rounded ones.

I am wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction to see a couple of good pics that highlight the difference between a rooster's "pointed" feathers and a hen's rounded ones? Either a website, a post on this forum, or your own photos of your own birds?? It seems to me a lot of my birds have "tapered" feathers on their backs, even the ones I'm virtually certain are hens. This is my first time raising chickens so I'd like to get a clear visual as to what the difference in feathers really is?

Thanks in advance!!
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
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The long feathers hanging down on their sides between his tail and wings are their saddle feathers.....a pullet really doesn't have long saddle feathers.

Roo


pullet
 

Happy Chooks

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Here's my rooster. His saddle feathers are the copper colored feathers hanging down on each side of his tail. Although yours are too young to have saddle feathers. You won't start seeing them until 14 weeks or so.



Wrong photo posted.

Edited again to add a pullet photo, same breed:
 
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hc8906

Hatching
6 Years
Oct 26, 2013
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Hi,
I rehomed some chickens and was told that they were all hens but now I am unsure about 2 of them as their tail feathers look a bit what cockerels look like.

Also if anyone knows what breed they could be to would be very helpful as the person I rehomed them for couldn't remember. He chickens I need help with are the big brown ones.

Many thanks

 

purplesquirrel

Chirping
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Dec 7, 2013
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Hi,
I rehomed some chickens and was told that they were all hens but now I am unsure about 2 of them as their tail feathers look a bit what cockerels look like.

Also if anyone knows what breed they could be to would be very helpful as the person I rehomed them for couldn't remember. He chickens I need help with are the big brown ones.

Many thanks



mmm they look like a combination of Goldline (battery breed) Light Sussex and Welsummer to me, but I can't be sure x
 

farmerChef

Songster
9 Years
Nov 18, 2010
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Southern Georgia
My Coop
Hi,
I rehomed some chickens and was told that they were all hens but now I am unsure about 2 of them as their tail feathers look a bit what cockerels look like.

Also if anyone knows what breed they could be to would be very helpful as the person I rehomed them for couldn't remember. He chickens I need help with are the big brown ones.

Many thanks

buff Sussex cockerels, you can see the darker wings coming in, along with the pointed neck and saddle feathers coming in.
 

RetiredRon

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Here's my rooster.  His saddle feathers are the copper colored feathers hanging down on each side of his tail.  Although yours are too young to have saddle feathers.  You won't start seeing them until 14 weeks or so.




Wrong photo posted.


Edited again to add a pullet photo, same breed:

What breed is the brown hen? I have one that looks like this and she is my best broody mom
 

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