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Roosters or hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lollielegs, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. lollielegs

    lollielegs Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there.
    We are new to having chooks and new to this site as well. I'm Lorraine from Perth Australia.
    Anyway we have some sussex chooks approx 24 weeks old so we were told. Anyway no eggs at all. Not 1.
    We have other chooks as well. Which also haven't laid an egg.
    But we r now thinking some of the sussex could be roosters. How can we tell? Can someone pls help?
    I'll try and upload a pic which may help.
    Thanku for ur advice. :))
     
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    you see the yellow/ orange feathers by his tail those are saddle feathers only roosters get them. They are long, thin, pointed on the end and shinny. The white feathers on his neck are the same shape. On a hen they are small, fat and rounded on the end
    hope this helps [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. lollielegs

    lollielegs Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanku for that. I have heard of saddle feathers but never knew what they were. Lol
    But yes I can see them in ur pic. Thanku.
    I have a couple of the sussex that fight and all their neck feathers go up. Does this sound like what roosters will do?
     
  4. lollielegs

    lollielegs Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]
     
  5. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    both sexes will fight and raise neck feathers, my silkie hens are the worst for it.
     
  6. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like pullet to me
     
  7. lollielegs

    lollielegs Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh ok. I've put a pic up of 1 of them that I think is a rooster. Ur thoughts?[​IMG]
     
  8. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes that is a rooster. Can you see the really pointy dark tail feathers , those are called sickle feathers. Hens tail feathers will have round edges.
     
  9. lollielegs

    lollielegs Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes we have been watching them closely just now as they r on the back patio with us. Lol
    We think we have 3 roosters and 2 girls. Argh. We can't have roosters where we r. Lol
    Thanku for ur help :))
     
  10. lollielegs

    lollielegs Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]. Am I right that this is a girl? Lol
     

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