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Saddle Feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by CK Chickadilly, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    How can you tell roosters from hens by their saddle feathers? I can't tell....Is this something you acquire after you have a bunch of chickens?
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 20, 2007
    The saddle feathers droop down on the hips of a roo, they can be quite pretty.

    Hens are very pretty, however the roo's plumage is something that most folks never see if they only have the quiet ones....

    Light Brahma roo's have wonderful saddles that are very pretty.

  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    In my experience the roo has to be pretty well developed before you notice the difference in saddle feathers. IOW, there were lots of other things that told me who my roos were before their saddle feathers gave them away.
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    The thing that I have noticed faster than anything else is the fast growing comb and the redness of it.
  5. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    or wattles. I have a two week old already developing them!
  6. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    I too notice the combs first. I do see on my older Bantie roo the pointie saddle feathers, very handsome indeed! & the girls are just small & curved. I guess as I get more experience with them I may pick it up quicker. [​IMG]
  7. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Can somebody post a picture of a RIR or sex link of a RIR and crossing RIwhite rooster so I can see the saddle feathers.
    I still don't know if my chicken is a hen or a roo. [​IMG]
    She behave very bossy.
    I try to figure out how to post a picture here
  8. PatShea

    PatShea In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    I pretty sure I have 4 roos by their large red crowns and waddles and some one is crowing out there maybe a couple of them are ,I can't tell who's crowing.

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