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Hen or rooster?!

Posted by johanna_h Z5 SW MI (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 12, 10 at 20:47

I just posted photos on my blog of a two-month old chick. I really want it to be a girl, but...!

Please take a look and then vote in the poll to let me know your opinion -- hen or rooster?

--Johanna

Here is a link that might be useful: Two-month old chick -- hen or rooster?


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RE: Hen or rooster?!

Something we learned in 4-H is to check the feathers on the back between the wings, not the neck hackle. Rounded tips = pullet (F) and pointed = cockerel (M). This works for all except silkies, frizzles, & hen-feathered breeds such as Sebrights.

It's easier to catch them after dark with a small flashlight & just pluck them off the roost. The mother hen wouldn't do much if you pull them away & examine under a flashlight before returning.

Also, at 2 months for your type of birds as pictured on your blog the pullets would still have yellowish combs, small, and barely wattles. Cockerels will be pinked up with larger comb & wattles. They also behave differently when approached from above as the pullets squat & cockerels don't. Kids used to just wave a feed pan overhead and try to sort them out, but the feathers always confirmed gender no matter what they appeared to behave like with each other.

Hope that helps,
Corrine


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