BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Chicken Breeds › What Breed Or Gender is This? › Black Australorp s/he at 17 weeks
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Black Australorp s/he at 17 weeks

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 

1000

16 1/2 weeks

1000

Chicken Butt

1000

standing in the crowd ( same age ameraucana rooster on the left)

1000

17 weeks

This yet unnamed chicken is looking awfully roostery to me, but I've never had chickens before.  The chicken had a nonexistent comb and waddle until 14 weeks then it really took off.  It is very talkative but no crowing.  It hangs with the other two suspected hens and spends a lot of time eating, but I have seen it raise its neck feathers.  The rooster has also dropped one wing and kind of danced at this chicken once or twice too.  What do the experts say?


Edited by glavstone - 8/1/12 at 8:22pm
post #2 of 31
You have a rooster.
post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 

shast!
 

post #4 of 31

I don't see anything that remotely looks roostery.  The comb on females starts developing at that age.  She looks very close to laying judging by how red and full her comb and wattles are.  Get a nest box ready.  :)  Oh and the behaviors you mention are all normal posturing as they work on pecking order. 


Edited by Indigosands - 8/1/12 at 8:49pm

Liz, wife, mom to 4 boys and  "food lady" to my ever-growing flock

Reply

Liz, wife, mom to 4 boys and  "food lady" to my ever-growing flock

Reply
post #5 of 31
Maybe it's the picture to me but the tail looks to long for a female .Thats what i was going on.
post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 

hope!
 

post #7 of 31

100% pullet...there are no hackle or saddle feathers even starting to come in..and plus he body shape just looks like a pullet...it wont be too much longer before she starts to lay maybe a couple more weeks at the most.


Edited by Lots A Cluckin - 8/1/12 at 8:52pm
post #8 of 31
Thread Starter 

Cool, that would be great to not end up with 2 roosters.  I was just about to start planning chicken dinner.
 

post #9 of 31

She should be doing the egg squat by now, walk up to her tomorrow and scratch her shoulders between her wings.  If she squats down with her wings out and stays still until you walk away you've got a little gal.  :)

Liz, wife, mom to 4 boys and  "food lady" to my ever-growing flock

Reply

Liz, wife, mom to 4 boys and  "food lady" to my ever-growing flock

Reply
post #10 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Indigosands View Post

She should be doing the egg squat by now, walk up to her tomorrow and scratch her shoulders between her wings.  If she squats down with her wings out and stays still until you walk away you've got a little gal.  :)

I always pet my pullets on the back and out of 10 at point of laying and 2 that are laying only one squats when I rub her back...so I dont believe that method is 100% reliable idunno.gif

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: What Breed Or Gender is This?
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Chicken Breeds › What Breed Or Gender is This? › Black Australorp s/he at 17 weeks