Black Australorp- Hen or Roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by klevesque, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. klevesque

    klevesque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I know the answer. [​IMG]

    All my chicks are 5.5 weeks old.

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    This was the only good pic I could get of the legs. They are uncooperative little buggers!

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    The one is question is on the far right. This one shows the tail feathers in comparison to the others of the same breed.

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  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    I would say that it is a rooster.
     
  3. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it's hackel feathers around his neck round or pointed? if round it is a hen, if pointed it is a roo, could not tell by pic's
     
  4. klevesque

    klevesque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first set of chicks so I don't know what hackel feathers are.
     
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Judging by the comb size at 5.5 weeks old, I am guessing a roo.
     
  6. solarquail

    solarquail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster Definetly!
     
  7. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hackel feathers are the feathers that meet at the bottom of the neck and sholders
     
  8. klevesque

    klevesque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else?

    So far out of 25 from McMurray, I have 2 or 3 suspected roos.

    2 that were identified by you all and 1 have yet to submit a pic of for you to look at.

    Darn! I was really hoping for 25 hens! What am I gonna do with 2 or 3 roos! (retorical question that needs no answering.)
     
  9. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Quote:Agreed! and you won't see pointed hackle feathers at this age - the comb is the deciding factor at age 5.5 weeks.
     
  10. klevesque

    klevesque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am very confident that he is a rooster! He now has the appearance of some nice waddles!
     

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