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10 week old Australorp - rooster or hen??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by austigirl, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. austigirl

    austigirl New Egg

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    I have a beautiful 10 week old Australorp which I believe may be a rooster as I have begun to hear strange attempts at crowing coming from the hutch at 5.15am each morning. It has been difficult to catch him/her in the act, but she/he also has many of the other characteristics of being a rooster that I have researched online.
    These include: larger/thicker legs than the others, large red comb & wattles (my other chickens 3 have small flesh coloured combs & no wattles), more agressive behaviour - seems to herd the other 3 a lot, what appears to be developing saddle feathers tinged shiny green.
    As we can't keep roosters in our suburban area, and I cannot find anyone who will take it if it is a rooster, the fate for Betty (Bob) will not be good so I'm hoping some of you may be able to give your opinion based on the pictures below.
    I have read that hens can actually crow - although has anyone ever experienced this at a regular time each morning or are they confusing that with the noise a hen makes when she lays an egg?
    Hope you can help...here are the pics.

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    Betty (Bob) is the black Australorp aged 10 weeks

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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Looks like a roo to me. My Aussie girls combs did not redden like that til they were 5 or more months old. And that last pic of the body....has roo written all over it!!

    Where are you located? I would love to have an Aussie roo if you aren't too far away. :)

    Oh and welcome to BYC!
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Well, I'd give him a couple more weeks, but I am almost 100 % sure that he is a cockerel. Sorry 'bout that.
     
  4. austigirl

    austigirl New Egg

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    I'm in Australia - a long way from New Mexico unfortunately. I so wish I could re-house him/her [​IMG]
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Wow...you couldn't be farther away! Well I hope you find him a good home. Once you have about 10 posts, try the "animals in need of rehomeing" section and post his pic. You might find someone near you that might take this gorgeous baby.
     
  6. austigirl

    austigirl New Egg

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    Thanks. Will do.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That is absolutely a cockerel, and not a pure Australorp with all that red leakage on the wings. The large comb, crowing attempts and red on the wings are all 100% rooster signs, sorry. He'll make a nice dinner for somebody.
     
  8. austigirl

    austigirl New Egg

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    Yes sorry. Just checked the breeders notes it is an Australorp X New Hampshire - but I think the verdict re rooster or hen remains the same!
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree, he's a cockerel.
     
  10. BantamLover21

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    With that patchy red coloring on the wings, the shiny feathers, and the large comb/wattles, I'd say you have a rooster.
     

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