Rooster Confusion

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by crazyfeathers, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I'm no stranger to roosters and for the most part can identify them before they crow but I am stumped. I have a hen who hatched out 10 chicks last spring, she is a Barred Rock mix and on the large side. There are 3 possible roosters, all 3 have different combs which is not unusual due to them being mixes, (now forgive my ignorance) all 3 have the slender, longish, feathers off to each side of their backs right in front of the tail, does this mean all 3 of them are roosters or can hens have them too? What are the chances that the 3 that look like her and that I really like turn out to be roosters. I tried to find an identification chart so I could tell you exactly which feathers I am talking about but failed. If I did not explain myself clearly let me know and I will try to get pictures tomorrow. Thank you in advance for some enlightenment.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    It sounds like you mean saddle feathers and yes, if they have long, thin, pointy saddle feathers, they are roosters. Sometimes roosters can be hen feathered but hens never have rooster feathers.
     
  3. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also forgot to mention that 2 of them appear to have rooster tails but the third has more of the squared tail. All 3 have those questionable feathers that I am speaking of. thanks
     
  4. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that was a quick response, Thanks Pyxis. I guess I will have to figure out which handsome rooster to keep then. It was just confusing due to the shapes of the tail. Saddle feathers, I will look that up so I'm not so ignorant next time. I appreciate your help.
     
  5. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    No problem! And good luck, I know it can hard to pick which to keep. You might want to post pictures though, just to be safe, so you don't accidentally give away a hen. Although, if your hen is barred and the rooster she was bred to is not white or barred, the offspring are sex linked, meaning all male chicks hatch with a spot on their heads and are barred, while females hatch with no spot and are not barred. This is 100% accurate, so if your hen's mate was not barred or white, all barred offspring are males.
     
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  6. Ms Perkins

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    I'm not sure if they all are boys. I have a hen with long saddle feathers and a short tail. You might post pics [​IMG]
     
  7. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pyxis that is great information! The male she was bred with was an Easter Egger, I have a Turken Rooster too but since I didn't get any naked necks I guess he didn't partake in the mating lol. I am going to post pictures tomorrow.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Photos would help.
     
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  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    We would like to see your hen with saddle feathers......
     

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