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Any hens here?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dixygirl, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 Australorp birds that were thought to be males sent as free wrapping peanuts for warmth with my last order. They are now 3 months
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    I think 2 might be hens because their combs are noticeably shorter than the other 4.
    Do any of these look like hens?
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    I think photo 3 and 4 might be hens.
     
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  2. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Hi, do you have pictures?
     
  3. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think in the first picture, i am hoping the one looking at the food might be a hen.

    I think the one in the front in the 1st pic is a rooster.
     
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  4. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can clearly see long, pointy, shiny saddle feathers(those on the back at the base of the tail) on all 4, that means they are all roos.....
     
  5. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What am i going to do with so many roosters and no hens?
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  6. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm certainly no expert, but I do remember that the combs and waddles on my australorp girls didn't even really begin to pink up until just before they started laying, which would've been about 4.5 months. If I were home I'd pull up the pictures files according to date to send you a defininte 3 month old picture. Here's what I have available now, notice the huge difference in comb/waddle color and growth. For this reason I think you may indeed have all boys, but the two with the smallest combs/waddles may potentially be hens? Also below in the 2nd picture are the BAs at 5 months and one of my BA girls at 7 months. See what you think.
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    Hope the pictures help support my position.
    Either way, those are some beautiful & healthy looking birds.
     
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I see all roosters with those neck and saddle feathers sorry...
     
  8. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you. At least they seem to protect them all when they are out. In these pictures they are hiding out underneath my thick bushes and shrubs.
    Maybe I will have to just order some more hens for them to be sure. There is a big difference between their combs and the girls in your pictures [​IMG]
     
  9. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of hens would be good to mix with all these Australorp roosters? Any suggestions? I am open to creating mixed babies.
     
  10. cqranch

    cqranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish you were in MO, I've been looking for a black aussie roo. Ended up having to order a baby from Ideal. Along with some SS. I specifically asked for no extra males. Seems most roos are hard to even give away.
     

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