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What are the hackle feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jloftin60, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. jloftin60

    jloftin60 In the Brooder

    Oct 24, 2008
    DeRidder, LA
    It is said for sexing chickens, at 2-3 months you will see the hackle feathers developing on the males. They will start to get longer and will be more pointed. Where are they located?
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    See the bottom of your avatar's neck feathers? that is the hackle area. Just where the neck feathers meet the shoulders of the roo. If he gets upset he raises the hackle feathers...kind of puffs them out.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2009
  3. wclawrence

    wclawrence Songster

    All the neck feathers are called hackles. In the males, usually they will be pointed and brightly colored. Also, you will usually see a correlation between the length of the neck-hackles and the feathers of the same type that grow on the roosters back and are called saddle feathers or back-hackles (as opposed to neck-hackles.) The reason I mention this is that some birds have feathers like that in other places as well.
  4. FractalFarmer

    FractalFarmer Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    SF Bay area CA
    My Sumatra and my Ameracauna "fight" a bit every so often, and the Sumatra's hackle feathers puff out so much it reminds me of a spitting cobra or that hooded spitting dinosaur that ate the bad guy computer programmer in his car in Jurassic Park. Made me really understand the expression "getting your hackles up".

    I gotta get a picture of that one of these days!

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