Pullets with big tail feathers? (Pics added)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Peep Nerd, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. Peep Nerd

    Peep Nerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several 5 month old chickens that I was sure were roos, based on their long tail feathers and colorful feathers. Now, one of them is doing the submissive squat every time I reach for her and I haven't heard one cock-a-doodle-doo out of the group. No aggressive behavior, no crowing...
    So, are there breeds that have longer tail feathers in the females? All of these are barnyard mixes, two of them didn't even come from my eggs so I have no idea of their parentage.
    Any thoughts?
     
  2. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Yokohama and Phoenix hens that have long tails. Any longtail breed or cross will have longer tails.
     
  3. Peep Nerd

    Peep Nerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the one that I thought was a roo but is now squatting. Her mother is a Silver Spangled Hamburg. Her father is a mixed boy with lots of big, beautiful, colorful tail feathers. She acts just like her mama - if I lean over near her she hops up on my shoulder. Silly girl!


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    I have no idea about this one. She(?) is 21 weeks old. I'm pretty sure the dad is the same roo, due to the colorful feathers. I was told that I wouldn't see so much color on a hen but I don't think she is a roo.


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    This bird was given to me as a 1-week old so I know nothing of the parents. Age now is about 23 weeks, no rooster-like activity.

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    This is a hatch-mate of the one above, so also right about 23 weeks. I was told on this board that it's a roo, based on the color of the wing feathers. These two are best friends, almost inseparable. I don't see any behavior that would indicate either sex. (You can see my big roo's tail feathers in the background. He's a beauty!)
    This one is a special pet to my 6 yr old. She(?) loves to be held, will sit on your hand freely, loves attention.

    Thanks for sharing your opinions. :)
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Those birds are all roosters. Behavior isn't always an indicator of gender, but hackle and saddle feathers don't lie. Plus that overall coloring.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on all roosters. Sorry. :eek:(
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 3 - those are some handsome fellows you have there. Behavior is not a good indicator of gender - but the very obvious male characteristics that these birds are showing are -- your birds have full sets of male saddle, hackle and tail feathers and classic male coloration/patterning.
     
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  7. Peep Nerd

    Peep Nerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I thought, too. I was so confused by their behavior, especially the squatting. Such silly birds.
    I don't mind that they are roos, as long as they don't get aggressive. So far, they all behave very nicely so we will see.
     
  8. Peep Nerd

    Peep Nerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update, the roo in the last picture just mated with one of my hens. lol
    Sex confirmed. :)
     

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