Black Australorp... Is he? Or is it a she? **PICS**

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MayhawJam, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. MayhawJam

    MayhawJam Out Of The Brooder

    19
    0
    22
    Jun 27, 2011
    This is my Black Australorp. Of course, it's supposed to be a she... but I am starting to wonder. I'd love to hear from people who have experience with BA's, because I know those comb and waddles look really big, but isn't that often the case with BA hens? S/he is around 11 weeks, but not certain on age - she came from an earlier hatch than my other two.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The BR and EE in the background are younger birds - probably by a couple of weeks - in case you are looking at them for size comparison.

    Let's have it then! Boy or girl!?
     
  2. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    733
    1
    131
    Feb 17, 2011
    South East TN
    That is a Rooster, for SURE. I have three Black Australorp hens....none of mine have wattles anywhere near that and that tall tail feathers just scream rooster.
     
  3. Mama Hen Chris

    Mama Hen Chris Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,789
    113
    183
    Aug 24, 2010
    Peoria, AZ
    I say roo.

    Here is a photo of my BA's at 8 weeks:

    Sophie is the first gal on the roost (bottom of pic) and then Apolonia (can't miss him) but renamed Apollo. Had to rehome him. He crowed at 9 weeks old [​IMG]



    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  4. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    733
    1
    131
    Feb 17, 2011
    South East TN
    Here are my hens, then at 11wks old

    Notice the one in the top right corner looking at the camera...almost no red at that age. The one in the middle to the right of the feeder that you can see the entire side of is another BA, see how her tail feathers sort of just point back? The rooster tail feathers point up, and that first tallest feathers on your Roo's tail will get really big and long.

    [​IMG]


    Here they are at 18wks. Still small wattles.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

  6. TeriyakiChicken

    TeriyakiChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    897
    1
    121
    Apr 23, 2011
    Western Australia
    roo [​IMG]

    and a very handsome one at that [​IMG]
     
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    5,663
    913
    316
    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    My 13-week BA pullet has maybe 1/8" of wattle showing and <1/2" light pink comb. Her body is also much rounder while your bird has a very tall stance.

    I think it's safe to say you have a cockerel.
     
  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    5,297
    71
    286
    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    Whoa! That's a roo.. My BA has smaller comb/wattles and she's a year old. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Lroach711

    Lroach711 Chillin' With My Peeps

    654
    0
    131
    Mar 17, 2010
    Pickens, SC
    Definately a Roo!
     
  10. stellacat

    stellacat Chillin' With My Peeps

    274
    0
    99
    Apr 26, 2011
    100% rooster! Check out those tail sickles coming in.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by