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Rooster...or not?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickens_13, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. chickens_13

    chickens_13 New Egg

    Nov 3, 2010
    Wichita Falls, TX
    My wife picked up 9 chickens a few months ago. Lately she says she hears one cackling like a rooster in the mornings. The birds are still young, how can we tell if it's not already obvious?

  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    The tail feathers would curl down like a sickle. If you post pics, we can tell you if your bird is a rooster or not.
  3. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 19, 2008
    central virginia
    hens cackle, roosters crow
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Well, there are some physical things to look for too. Alot of roosters have thicker legs, longer tail feathers and saddle feathers, and they do practice crowing.....cackeling is something hens will do as well. The combs are generally larger than a hens......
  5. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Are the comb and wattles red and more developed then the other chicks. Can you post a pic ?

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