Wattles and Combs

I was drawing a chicken in my sketchbook last night.  It prompted me to google the difference between a Rooster and a Hen.

The obvious difference of course is a Rooster crows and a Hen lays an egg.

But when a chicken is born, how does one tell which one is male and female?

My hen and rooster

Well, it turns out that Roosters have tall, upright and larger combs than hens.  The comb is on top of the chicken’s head.  Also, the wattle which is the lobe that hangs down from the throat of the bird is often very large in a mature rooster compared to the hen.  When a rooster is young, its combs and wattles are redder than a hens.

Just a little chicken trivia for your day!

One response to “Wattles and Combs

  1. Your posts hold so much joy!

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