Australorp...male or femaile?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by momofone, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. momofone

    momofone Just Hatched

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    Up until recently, we were pretty sure this was a female. However, over the last few weeks she has started crowing. I've done some research and found that the dominant female will sometimes take on the traits of a rooster if there isn't one present (we don't have a rooster).

    I've attached a pic....just want to be sure she is a she and not a he. Her name is Blackie and she is about 4 months old.

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Older dominant hens can crow, yes. Young pullets don't crow. You have a handsome young rooster there.
     
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  3. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

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    it is a cockerel
     
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  4. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

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    Actually not true. I had a pullet crow. I wish i would of taken a video of here before she passed
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Okay, well, I"m chalking that up to highly unusual. This bird is still a rooster, as are apparently 99.9% of birds that crow before 8 months.
     
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  6. Chickens R Us

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    A roo for sure
     
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  7. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

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    I also said it was a cockerel. But that dosent change the fact that it isnt impossible for a pullet to crow
     
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  8. Lady of McCamley

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    Crowing plus long sickle feathers in tail and nice large red comb and wattles at 4 months of age...rooster.

    Sorry, it is very, very unusual for hens to crow and take on male feathers (due to hormone imbalances). It can happen, but is is highly unlikely. Much more likely you simply have a slower maturing male.

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  9. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

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    O my. Forget I said anything about the possibiltiy of a pullet crowing. I only said that to let the OP know that there has pullets that have crowed before. But I did say that it was a cockerel. To clear things up... there is no way this is a pullet is 110% rooster.
     
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  10. Lady of McCamley

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    Oh No...I think it was good you brought it up. It's good to know that you had a pullet who did (I've always wondered of the possibility as I know it can happen with hormone imbalances in older hens). Part of the discussion was the likelihood that the OP's could be one of those (which unfortunately it is not).

    My comments were directed to OP so that he would know why we all, including you, think so strongly this is a rooster. Those sickle feathers in the tail and large red comb/wattles at 4 months scream young rooster...which is what the bird is doing too by crowing.

    But the crowing pullet or hen is worthy of discussion because of its rarity. Too bad you didn't get a video. That would have been fun to see.

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