white leghorn gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickenman7000, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. chickenman7000

    chickenman7000 In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2013
    Is there a way that you can tell a white leghorn male from female. Because they almost look the same.
  2. Mathew544

    Mathew544 In the Brooder

    May 27, 2013
    Danville, PA
    They are the same colors but a male would have much larger waddles and combs on his head and bigger saddle feathers. It might not be easy to know until they reach maturity.
  3. Liberty Nursery

    Liberty Nursery In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2013
    My mother saw my Leghorn hens and tried to tell me they were roosters because of the size of the combs and waddles being so large, I pointed to the nesting boxes and showed her that all the chickens in the nesting boxes had large combs and waddles. I think she was only familiar with white rocks when she saw chickens as a kid. I have never seen a Leghorn rooster to know the difference but I imagine the tail might give it away.
  4. RockerHen

    RockerHen Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Chappells, SC
    Roosters have even bigger combs and wattles than the hens (which is a feat) and of course have male feathering, long flowing tail, pointed hackles and saddles. Hens have smaller combs that tend to 'flop'. The combs of the roosters will generally not flop, but it happens occasionally. Hens also lack the pretty tail feathers of the rooster. Here's a picture I found off of google.

    Roosters will also get very red, very large combs very quickly, while a hen's comb generally stays small and pale until about 5 months or around when they start to lay.
    Pullet, off of google: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aPHn29B_2y0/UcPT4xrXjaI/AAAAAAAAmlQ/3L148U-pfrk/s400/130.JPG
    Cockerel, about the same age and also from google: http://api.ning.com/files/57eloaC8PTjNc1*Ee1rGAvXr2bTpczntUdja2Tc76JdTaJSoOq3hSh72fzw*-yelmkYJ23f5V-6fVSll*do2NNtAU8jGTXpI/barniesandoooobyphotos016.jpg?width=737&height=552

    Hope this helps! [​IMG]
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  5. Buddingwisdom

    Buddingwisdom Hatching

    Jul 14, 2015
    We recently got a group of chicks. They are about ten weeks now. Two of them have started crowing. We were very surprised so we consulted our favourite chick resource (backyardchickens.com) and learned that sometimes hens crow. We are still holding out hope that at least one of them might be a hen, but as they engage each other in the rooster "dance", we are losing hope fast. This is a pic of our leghorn who has been crowing. Any confirmation on roo status?

  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Only older dominant hens crow. Pullets do not. At ten weeks old, with those big red combs, they are cockerels. Pullets don't start to turn red in the comb until they are almost ready to lay eggs. Even if a pullet where to start laying very early at 14 weeks, the comb would only now just start pinking up. Male hackle and saddle feathers are usually visible after 12 weeks old. By 16 weeks, there is no mistaking a cockerel for a hen. The feathering will be completely different at that point.
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