...um... how do you know if its a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dale, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. dale

    dale Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2008
    *blush* I haven't had to ask this sort of question since I was five; but how do you distinguish between hens and roosters? These are adults so it ought to be obvious... well.... I'm new at this.

  2. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    Lol, thats okay! A rooster looks way more MASCULINE. Big tails, combs, and spikey things on their legs that are called spurs. They are most known by crowing.

    Fresh eggs
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Fresh Eggs is correct. The roosters will have much longer tails and larger combs/wattles than the hens. Plus they will crow. With this in mind should be pretty obvious, but if you're still stumped post in the "What Breed Or Gender Is This?" section.
  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    However, some hens also have spurs, especially in game breeds, so that's no surefire way to sex a chicken.
  5. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    oh and don't forget the rooster glare the way they look at you with their eyes. [​IMG]

    my hens just sort of mind their own business when i am around but my roo will stand up straight and look at me in this kind of way that says "I dare you to touch the hens or mess with me.... I will bite you "

  6. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Most roosters will have pointed neck(hackle) and back(saddle) feathers.The hens feathers in these places will be more rounded.
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:My broody does that. NONE of our hens mind their own beeswax, they're always up in my face!
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:You have just described "stink eye". My alpha rooster excels at it. [​IMG]
  9. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    Quote:You don't need to be embarrassed! I am new to BYC, and all the terms were pretty crazy! It's like chicken slang! You will get used to it though. [​IMG]
  10. TreeFever

    TreeFever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2008
    Hahaha yeah it's a little different telling roos and hens apart then some other animals. You don't just look between the legs haha. Ironically despite certain things sharing the same name, cocks don't have the most impressive equipment [​IMG]

    It's all about looks. Roos in general have a bit more of everything! Pretty feathers, feet, combs, ect.

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