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Sure way to tell the difference between a rooster and a hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mimi and the Peeps, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Mimi and the Peeps

    Mimi and the Peeps Out Of The Brooder

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    I watched a video on telling the difference, and one of the main ways is to look at the feet. If it is a rooster, it will have talons. Only roosters have them, hens don't. A talon looks like a fourth toe growing out the side of the leg.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Actually, that isn't true. What you are referring to is a spur. Roosters don't get true spurs until they are almost a year old, and most folks are very sure they have a rooster long before he gets his spurs. And some hens have spurs. A talon is technically a toenail. Where did you see this video? Could you post the link for us?
     
  3. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens have those [​IMG] The only sure way is if they crow or lay an egg [​IMG]
     
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    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And all chickens have at least four toes...
    Comb/feather development is the only way before a crow comes out.
     
  5. Mimi and the Peeps

    Mimi and the Peeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Luke0987654321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2
     
  7. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it bad that I just laughed at that video? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I found it funny also. I thought it was going to be chicks or hard to sex breeds, not too easily sex-able full grown chickens [​IMG]
     
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Nope, I did as well. Ther were MANY MANY inaccuracies in the video.
     
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Those people tell SO many inaccuracies in all their videos, it's a shame because so many viewers believe it too.
     

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