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Difference Between Hens and RoostersColor can be a determination in some breeds, such as Red Pyle Game birds, and particularly in sex-linked chicks, but is not a reliable way of sexing chickens. Crowing can also be misleading, although it is nearly always an indicator of a male bird. Ultimately, however, hens lay eggs, and roosters do not.

The easiest way to know what gender chickens are by the novice small flock owner is to care for the birds until they begin showing the natural secondary characteristics of their gender.

In males, the combs and wattles will become larger than those on females and the head will become more angular and masculine looking. Spurs will start to develop on the inside on the leg of the male. The female will remain smaller than the male and is more refined or feminine looking.

At about two months old and if the chickens are free range, tossing something over their heads.This often will produce a noticeable reaction that will help you. The hens will put their heads down and remain still, this is instinctive for hens,they "get small and stay still" the roosters among the flock will look up and run around looking for the perceived danger. They may also make cackling sounds as the reassure the hens that they are looking out for them.

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