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We thought our 17-week old "Malita" was a girl, but a neighbor thought he heard her trying to crow..

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Enkidu47, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. Enkidu47

    Enkidu47 New Egg

    Feb 10, 2013
    The Bourbon Trailhead

  2. annabelle12

    annabelle12 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2013
    Feathers are a good way to tell sex at this age. Look up images of hackle, sickle, and saddle feathers. The feathers around the neck (hackle) look pointed in your pics and there are some curved tail feathers in the tail (sickle)....these point to a cockeral. Do the saddle feathers look pointy to you? Hard to tell from pics...they look rounded like a pullet to me. Here is a post with some pictures that may help. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/is-my-chicken-a-pullet-hen-or-a-cockerel-cock Large comb and thicker legs can point out a cockeral as well. But...hens can crow too sometimes, just so you know. Strange but true. My gut says she looks like a he....but maybe some more experienced chicken-gender experts will weigh in!
  3. Enkidu47

    Enkidu47 New Egg

    Feb 10, 2013
    The Bourbon Trailhead
    Thank you for responding so quickly! That gives me quite a few things to check on the chicken I shall call "Pat" until further notice. I'll get in closer to those feathers in the morning when it gets light. It is kind of fun to play Nancy Drew. :)
  4. ChickenPox

    ChickenPox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    Middle GA
    I have the hardest time telling with black birds myself, so I would be confused too. LOL! What did you decide? I think I see some saddle feathers in there, but I'm not sure.
  5. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2014
    Especially in the first picture, the neck hackles look like a rooster to me. Hen's neck feathers usually look less "stringy", and more consistent with the other areas. Also, the tail feathers appear very long in the second picture, and hens usually have "short" tail feathers.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2014
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    I'm going to have to say rooster....
  7. JensChickies

    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2014
    Really tough to tell!! I feel if she was a rooster she would have a bigger comb and wattles. Buuuut I do see the stringy hackle feathers. .???? Only time will tell!
  8. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    17-weeks? Cockerel.
  9. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    yeah, cockerel- there's clearly roo feathers on back by tail, the pointy, super shiny feathers in the last photo. He's showing other male traits too but that's the clearest one of all.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2014
  10. Enkidu47

    Enkidu47 New Egg

    Feb 10, 2013
    The Bourbon Trailhead
    I see what you mean by the tail and the hackle feathers. So much for ordering three pullets from a friend of a friend, lol.

    Here's another question: should Malita Pat actually prove to be a roo, what are the disadvantages to having one other than crowing that might annoy neighbors? MP actually has a very sweet personality at this point. Eating him/her is out of the question as he/she is a pet for our 3-year-old.

    Thanks for your input, everyone.

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