Australorp - Gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sunnyducks, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. Sunnyducks

    Sunnyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all

    Posting some more photos of Delilah, my Australorp girl (??). A few weeks ago there were mixed views but I was eventually sure she was a pullet due to the lack of a full comb and wattles.But here I am again - she's now going on for 24 weeks. No egg, but no sign of crowing. She's very pushy, bordering on aggressive, leaping up at my ring, anything I'm holding whether it looks like food or not. And she's chasing all the others. (I did see her chasing my araucana just before he disappeared and I think that is probably how come he squeezed through the tiny gap in the fenceline). So at the risk of irritating anyone who has already answered me earlier, I am posting some more photos hoping that you confirm she is a pullet. The part I'm really nervous about is her hackle feathers being pretty pointy. Thank you in advance, and sorry to be a pain.
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  2. LynnPG

    LynnPG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks female, but would need to see more of the body
     
  3. PandCo

    PandCo Just Hatched

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    What a beautiful Australorp!

    I had the same issue with my Australorp (Charlotte) I raised from a chick. I was always afraid she'd end up being a roo because she showed similar signs as yours is now, but it never happened. For that reason I think its a female as well.

    Most males at that age would be crowing and whatnot. Charlotte didn't lay until about 24 weeks too, so hang in there. I also have an Orpington (Merryweather) who didn't lay until just over 8 months! Every case is different.

    I wish you luck!

    ETA picture:
    Here she was around that age. Notice the similarities in the hackle feathers shape. (look closely)
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  4. Sunnyducks

    Sunnyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I'll take a photo later.
     
  5. Sunnyducks

    Sunnyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you @PandCo

    She is beautiful, though I guess I'm biased! I am encouraged by all these posts. Interesting that you had the same quandary with Charlotte - was yours very dominant too?
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. mramericauna

    mramericauna Just Hatched

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    Pick "her" up with one hand from under her body and let the legs hang. If she pulls them up to her body she is a he if not she is still a she
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I do see the hackle feathers you're talking about, they are a touch suspiscous. Nothing else looks male, but I agree a full body shot, profile in natural light, will help. If it's a cockerel, it's one of the slowest developing Aussies I've ever seen here. How sure area you on age? Have you had it from hatch?
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    looks like a pullet
     
  10. Sunnyducks

    Sunnyducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for posting your photo of Charlotte - she's very like Delilah, especially with the hackle feathers
     
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