Pullet or Cockerel?!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jacktastic7, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Jacktastic7

    Jacktastic7 New Egg

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    I'm getting worried that one of my girls is a boy. This beautiful bird I believe is a brahma/aruacana mix approx. 4 months old. This is my first experience with chickens but I have not seen many hens with long tail feathers like this one. I'm hoping she is a she and NOT a he! Sadly I can not have a rooster in my neighborhood.

    Experienced identification would be appreciated.


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  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes, that is a boy for sure.
     
  3. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry but there is no doubt in my mind that is a rooster.
     
  4. Jacktastic7

    Jacktastic7 New Egg

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    Is it just the tail feathers or is there something else that is also giving "him" away?
     
  5. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    I'm still pretty new to this whole chicken thing but even I can see that that is 1000% BOY! [​IMG]
     
  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Tail feathers + saddle feathers (long feathers just before you get to the tail)
     
  7. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Its also the pointy hackle and saddle feathers that say boy to me in addition to the tail feathers. See the classic way the saddle feathers curve down towards the ground? You don't get that in a hen....
     
  8. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Rooster, no doupt about it.

    Matt
     
  9. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    For comparison... (same breed)

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    Hen (pullet, actually)
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    See the difference in their feathers? The roo has those long, curved tail feathers + those long feathers around his neck and just before the tail (saddle area). Took me a while to be able to see the difference too. [​IMG]
     
  10. Jacktastic7

    Jacktastic7 New Egg

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    Dang. He's so beautiful. The farmer I bought him from is swapping him for a female tomorrow. All of your speedy replies are greatly appreciated!!
     

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