Gender help

Discussion in 'What Breed/Gender is This?' started by oneflew, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. oneflew

    oneflew New Member

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    I found this chicken as an abandoned chick, and would love to keep him/her but am not allowed if he will eventually crow. I am very attached to this chicken (Mitchell) so I am hoping it's female! I would say he/she is about 5 months old, not sure if that's too early to tell. Thanks!
     

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  2. oneflew

    oneflew New Member

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    Oh, also what breed. Thanks kindly.
     

  3. grgfishkeeper

    grgfishkeeper New Member

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    Not for sure but if it aint a rooster it will be laying very soon
     
  4. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Flocker

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    Wow, a better shot of the inside of it's legs would help, to see if there is the start of spurs. So far, it really looks like it could go either way.
     
  5. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    that comb is really red so could be a he
    but not sure what breed or breeds the bird is
     
  6. Bird_slave

    Bird_slave Junior Member

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    I believe it's a mixed breed, which is just fine.
    I'm on the fence about gender. The hackle (neck feathers) end in points, which screams roo!; I believe I see the start of some fine saddle (back feathers) too. Then you get to the tail and the tailfeathers look rounded, which says hen - in a roo they would be pointed as well (except in the case of a few breeds where the roos are what's called hen-feathered). What I would do is in a case like this is to lift the outer hackle feathers and see what the feathers look like underneath. If they are pointed to, then I'd say you have a fine young rooster.

    Give me just a sec and I'll post a pic of a mature roo so you can better understand what I am talking about with the hackle, saddle and tailfeathers.
     
  7. Bird_slave

    Bird_slave Junior Member

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    Okay, this is a mature rooster. See how his neck (hackle) feathers are all pointed at the tips? Then move back to his saddle feathers (on his back, just in front of the tail), they're pointed too. Lastly, look at his tailfeathers. Points there too.
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  8. Roslyn

    Roslyn A Round American Woman

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    I'm thinking he is a rooster.

    He looks a lot like a Delaware, but he has some brown on his wing area, and some black here and there where a Delaware would just have white. All of my Delaware Roosters have been very pleasant, well behaved boys if that is any help.
     
  9. patlet

    patlet New Member

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    Looks like a rooster but I don't have a clue regarding breed.
     
  10. oneflew

    oneflew New Member

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    Thanks everyone, I believe I do see the start of spurs, thinking he's got to be a roo...I'll enjoy him while I can. Thanks again, much appreciated! <3
     
  11. patty12

    patty12 New Member

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    mixed breed rooster