I posted days ago asking about what we suspected was an Australorp rooster. We found a home for the apparent rooster but when we went to drop him off we were told that he was really a she. I'm confused. This chicken is the leader of our pack of four. The other three chickens follow him/her around. S/he squawks (I wouldn't call it a traditional crowing sound) in the early a.m. until we let them out of the coop to free range. The person didn't want another hen so we took the bird home with us where s/he is back to squawking at 5:30am and leading the pack around.
As we were watching the group trying to discern if one of the others was the one 'crowing,' we noticed that the other three have yellow bottomed feet. From all I'm reading, this means that they are actually Jersey Giants and not Australorps.
So some of my many questions are - can anyone verify that this rooster-looking chicken is in fact a rooster? Where can I go for confirmation? I don't want to give the bird away if it's just a dominant and vocal female but my hunch is that she is really a he.
And are the yellow feet definitive give aways of Jersey Giants rather than Australorps?
Here are some pictures of our mysterious gender bird. Any advice or guidance would be much appreciated.