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20 wk old Araucana - Pullet or Cockerel??? (pics)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pestenz, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. pestenz

    pestenz In the Brooder

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    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, and stopped when I let them out at 6am.

    I believe Araucanas are difficult to sex, but surely it would be quite obvious that it is a rooster at 20 weeks, right?
    There are no spurs, and not a huge comb/wattle (i attach pictures).

    Our flock is made of of 4 hens only.

    Please advise if it's just a confused hen (it's quite a bossy chicken - flapping wings when let out to roam, puffing feathers, chasing the other chickens, agressively jumping on other chickens (not mating though), etc), or maybe hormonal imbalance?
    Or is it really a rooster/cockerel??

    (It's a UK-type Araucana, so not a rumpless variety. I live in New Zealand)

    Physically it looks like a pullet to me (though larger than the other chickens, but Araucanas grow quite fast i believe).
    I can't see anything physically that looks like a cockerel (no saddle feathers, or hackle feathers)?

    If it's a hen, what can i do to stop this behaviour?

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  2. Free Feather

    Free Feather Songster

    Whatever he/she is, that chicken does not look too happy.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    Looks like a rooster to me.
     
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    I agree. He has what appears to be in the pic the beginnings of a rooster's hackle feathers. Also, if he's crowing, it's a virtual certainty he's a rooster. While there are rare cases of hens crowing, it's almost always a hen that is more than 2 years old that has taken over the role of the rooster in a roosterless flock.
     
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  5. pestenz

    pestenz In the Brooder

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    It was pecked quite badly at the breeder, i got it with missing tail feathers at age 14 weeks. It has recovered nicely, though i wonder if that is the reason for the aggressive behaviour...
     
  6. krista74

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    My initial thoughts are that it is a rooster too. I can see the beginnings of saddle feathers forming in the first and third pictures, but not being familiar with the breed I wasn't sure.

    I am sticking with my first instinct and voting "Rooster" on this one.

    As @Michael OShay says, crowing (in very rare circumstances) can occur in hens, but it is highly unusual. The aggressive behaviour, on the other hand, is probably a young cockerel who's hormones are flowing, looking to exert his dominance.

    I'm sorry. I think it's male. [​IMG]

    - Krista
     
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  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That is a rooster. You can clearly see saddle feathers. Plus, well, the crowing.
     
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  8. pestenz

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    It was pecked quite badly at the breeder, i got it with missing tail feathers at age 14 weeks. It has recovered nicely, i figured that was the reason for the aggressive behaviour...
     
  9. pestenz

    pestenz In the Brooder

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    Thanks everyone, it seems unanimous it's a cockerel...
    I am trying to re-home him now, hopefully will find a nice free range spot for him with nice owners. :-(
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    Rooster.
     

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