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14 week Australorp Hen or Roo

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Phillay, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. Phillay

    Phillay New Egg

    Feb 29, 2016
    Hi BYC'ners

    It's my first time having chickens and this site has been wonderful in all aspects..I have to admit i'm a long timer lurker...

    I bought 6 'hen' chicks at day old, all different - australorp, wheaten maran, silkie, polish, araucana, cochin - so can't compare them to one another, but so far I think I have 3 roo's [​IMG], we live in suburban Melbourne Australia so can't keep them, but i really love them and do not want to give them up!!

    Wanted to ask whether you think my guesses are correct

    Silkie - roo
    maran - roo
    cochin - roo
    polish - hen
    araucana - hen
    australorp - ?

    I just don't know what to think about my australorp. He/she is the most dominant in our flock (the largest as well), has stand-offs with the maran and silkie and occasionally jumps on top of the maran, for that reason i'm guessing it's a boy. But at 14/15 weeks it does not look like any of the roo pictures posted online, it does not have the big tail yet...though the wattles and comb are fairly big (pink and sometimes goes slightly red).

    Let me know what you think...i'm hoping it's a girl[​IMG]

    will post up pictures of the others when I get home tonight






  2. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Austrlorp looks like a rooster, the tail feathers look stringy and the main tail has not come in which is common in males. His neck looks like he is getting hackle feathers (pointy) and you should begin to see pointy feathers near the tail soon.
    Silkie I would also guess male, if you look under the neck where the wattles would be males will begin to get burgundy coloring on the wattles.

    No other pictures of your other birds so I can't compare your guesses.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Really need to see a photo front view of the silkie - with the crest pulled back so I can see the comb. He looks rooish to me but, rally the comb could be the deciding factor.

    You can also post your photos at "what breed or gender is this." and will get more opinions.
  5. Phillay

    Phillay New Egg

    Feb 29, 2016
    thanks curious chickee, Bantamfan4life and drumstick diva!

    Silkie's wattles are definitely a little burgundy!

    here are more photo's of my other little ones






  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
  7. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2015
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!!
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    I agree with junebuggena on all but the silkie (only because I don't know enough about them to say). Will the place you bought them from take them back in exchange for girls?
  9. curious chickee

    curious chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Agree with junnebuggena. Silkie definitely a cockerel.

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