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Hen or Roo?

An infographic by Hen or Roo? PoultryDVM TAIL FEATHERS LARGER COMB/ WATTLES MAIN TAIL SMALLER НАСKLE FEATHERS COMB/ WATTLES HACKLE SADDLE FEATHERS SICKLE FEATHERS SPUR Hen Roo Spurs Occasionally Usually, not always Voice: Crowing Not usually Not always Laying eggs Not always Never No comb/wattles No, but may be small Sometimes? Saddle feathers No Usually Tail: Sickle feathers No Sometimes Hackle feathers Rounder/shorter Longer/pointed Color distribution Uniform Usually different“ Posture: Stand taller Usually not Often, not always Behavior Reactive; shy Proactive; friendlier 1 Roosters who are very scared, stressed, sick, and/or depressed, often won't crow. 2 Gamefowl roosters are usually dubbed (comb and wattles removed). Also, breeds differ in comb type, color and size. A rooster's tail will usually be longer, wider, more flowing, and generally showier, with different shaped feathers (often sickle-shaped). Sometimes multi-colored. Depending on the condition of their feathers, this may or may not be apparent. 4 Roosters often have a different-colored head or "color blocks." 5 If a rooster is placed near a hen, he will usually try to get her attention by making a waltz' or dance-like movement and/or 'feed tidbit calls to her. * These are general rules in 90% of cases, but some breeds (e.g., sebright) were made to show no sexual dimorphism. PoultryDVM NETWORK

Hen or Roo?

shared by kellymhubb on Sep 13
A handy chart to help with determining the gender of a chicken----whether they are a rooster or a hen. Targeted specifically towards helping animal shelters and rescues.


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