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

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Woofless, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Woofless

    Woofless Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2010
    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!! [​IMG]
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  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    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.


  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    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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  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
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  5. hc8906

    hc8906 New Egg

    Oct 26, 2013
    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

  6. purplesquirrel

    purplesquirrel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2013
    Bristol, United Kingdom

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

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
    buff Sussex cockerels, you can see the darker wings coming in, along with the pointed neck and saddle feathers coming in.
  8. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop



    Here are some pictures of saddle feathers on roosters, notice they are shiny and metallic
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
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  9. nancypo

    nancypo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    My Coop
    Good photos, this will help me figure out if I have a roo or pullet...
  10. RetiredRon

    RetiredRon Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 16, 2015
    Vilonia AR

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