what traits do you use to tell hen or roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by xrainxbowx, May 22, 2012.

  1. xrainxbowx

    xrainxbowx In the Brooder

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    so i have this chicken that is definately a hen. i think speckled sussex. shes laying eggs. but my uninformed guess at looking at her in comparison to my other hens is that this is a roo. can you guys let me know how you could tell this is a hen?

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  2. xrainxbowx

    xrainxbowx In the Brooder

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    13 views and no suggestions? you guys as stumped as i am?
     
  3. akcountrygrrl

    akcountrygrrl Songster

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    That one is all hen. By this age she would have pointed hackle and saddle feathers as well as longer sickle feathers on the tail.
     
  4. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

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    not sure what your trying to figure out. Its a hen
     
  5. xrainxbowx

    xrainxbowx In the Brooder

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    like i said, i know it is a hen now because it lays eggs. but i am trying to figure out how do you know it is a hen by just looking at it, i thought her comb was way to big to be a she based on pictures i saw online. her tail feathers did look more like a hen than a roos, but some pictures seemed a little vague and i thought she might be borderline. thank you akcountrygrrl. i looked up the feathers that you mentioned and it makes a little more sense. i still have so much to learn.
     
  6. texas75563

    texas75563 Songster

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    You already have the best way. When they lay eggs, they are hens! Thats the 1 sure way to know. The Roos tail feathers eventually extend further then the hens. At which time they will curl. Look for spurs to grow longer quicker on the roos. Wattles are usually bigger on the roos. This is true on for the combs on some of the breeds. These are general rules and some won't apply until the birds are older.
    For any rule, there are always exceptions.

    For several breeds on the younger birds, you would have better odds of picking the sexes by flipping a coin.
     

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