Saddle Feathers : male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BarredCometLaced, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would you say that these are pullet or roo saddle feathers?

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    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like girl, boy, girl to me.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    profile entire body shots are best for sexing. That said, I'm not seeing anything screaming roo, but I'm wondering at age.
     
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  4. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, they are 4 weeks old on Wednesday.

    The first is a golden Comet
    Golden Laced Wyandotte
    Barred Plymouth Rock

    I have done face shots, and was susspecting that the first was a female. The problem is that #3 is starting to develop red wattles(?) under its beak... but the saddle feathers are rounded like a pullets.
    #2 is the smallest and most shy, and is also developing smaller wattles then #3, but they are there.

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  5. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can tell BR boys from girls by their coloring. Boys will be more white and girls will be more black. Also, the girls tend to have dark washes down the fronts of their legs. A full body shot would be helpful. From the little bit I can see in this pic, it looks like a girl.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Saddle feathers don't start coming in until they are about 13 weeks old. A side profile of the entire body and sometimes a close up of the comb helps us determine sex.
     
  7. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    They're too young for saddle feathers. I see tail feathers, but no saddle feathers in front of the tails. Here,s some saddle feathers on this roo, before the tail.
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  8. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My gold star pullet, yours looks to be pullet

    the 2nd looks pullet

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    my BR pullet: yours looks the same. In contrast, my BR roo...notice the coloring difference: he isn't full grown, so you can't really see his saddle feathers

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    (but you can see both saddle and hackle feathers on this guy...base of neck, and before tail.

    full body shots will concur, but from what we all see, pullets.
     
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  9. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 weeks is too young to look for saddle feathers. If any of those are boys, you could better tell by their combs and wait another month, maybe even 2-3, before you look for saddle feathers.
     
  10. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some body shots



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    Chick 3

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