I have a 20 week old Araucana "hen", and there has been crowing the last couple of mornings! The hen was sold to me as female by a reputable breeder at 14 weeks of age. The crowing is a bit croaky though.
I believe Araucanas are difficult to sex, but surely it would be quite obvious that it is a rooster at 20 weeks, right?
No spurs, and not a huge comb/wattle (i attach pictures).
Please advise if it's just a confused hen (it's quite a bossy chicken - fluffing feathers, chasing the other chickens, etc), or maybe hormonal imbalance? Or is it really a rooster/cockerel?
If it's a hen, what can i do to stop this behaviour?
(It's a UK-type Araucana, so not a rumpless variety. I live in New Zealand).
Edited by pestenz - 1/16/15 at 3:06pm