Which feathers are the saddle/hackle feathers in this pic?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Momaha, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Momaha

    Momaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which feathers specifically are the saddle/hackle feathers in this pic and which gender do such feathers grow on? (Picture from forum sticky). Thanks!

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  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hackle= feathers of the neck area
    Saddle= feathers right above tail (that grow over and down)
     
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  3. Momaha

    Momaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Yes.

    BTW, the chick you have pictured is a Blue Wheaten Ameraucana pullet.
     
  5. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    There aren't any saddle or hackle feathers showing in your picture since the bird is too young to have them. Roosters grow hackle and sickle feathers (though in some breeds the roosters are hen-feathered). In this picture, you can see the hackle feathers at the neck and the sickle feathers in the tail (large sickles), and just in front of the tail (small sickles).

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  6. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:gorgeous rooster...is he yours! wow.....
     
  7. Momaha

    Momaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow! Is that your rooster? He is simply stunning! The pic in my post above came from the forum sticky so thank you for the info and back to my question. My white leghorns are 5 weeks old today and I ordered pullets from Cackle where they have a 95% gaurantee and naturally I am curious about that other 5%.

    Do you know what some of the first signs of a roo are in White Leghorns? Should I be seeing sickles at 5 weeks? It's easy to distinguish the adults and here are some adult pics from Cackle:

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  8. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By 5 weeks all my Roo's had signs of a good comb growing in...(larger and more red than the Pullets....really that is the main sign at that age.
     
  9. banjoejoe4783

    banjoejoe4783 VILLAMIL FARMS

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    Quote:FYI the smail feathers you are calling small sickels are called SADDLE FEATHERS not small silckes the sickles are the latg tail feathers that are curved and look like a sickle [​IMG]
     
  10. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I would like to point out that, technically, BOTH sexes have hackle and saddle feathers, but only the males have long pointed feathers.
     

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