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Talk to me about saddle feathers

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by FyshWyfe, May 6, 2011.

  1. FyshWyfe

    FyshWyfe Out Of The Brooder

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    How old does a bird have to be before you can use saddle feathers as a sexing clue?
    What are you looking for exactly? And does anyone have pictures for a visual learner?
    Are there some breeds this does not apply to?
    TIA
     
  2. SeaisforChicken

    SeaisforChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll bump this because I'm interested too... Anyone want to share a feather sexing secret?
     
  3. AUChick9202

    AUChick9202 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to know too....please someone help us [​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I think all roos get saddle feathers as they mature. They start showing up somewhere around 12 or 14 weeks, I think. Here is a chart from the learning center that will tell you where to look: https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-anatomy.html

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    are toward the back of the chicken but in front of the tail; they are long pointy feathers. You should be able to see plenty of examples in the breeds section or other sections where there are lots of pics of roosters.
     

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