Black Australorp, rooster or hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rqceili, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. rqceili

    rqceili New Egg

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    I have two beautiful black australorps in my flock, one is much beefier than the other, it doesn't crow or try to breed with the other chicks but it also doesn't lay eggs. He/she is one year old and should be doing something one way or the other. Any ideas?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] A year old rooster should have pointy hackle and saddle feathers.
     
  3. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A rooster will also have a larger comb/wattles and should be crowing by now. Sometimes hens won't lay if they are going through molt, stressed, sick, etc.
     
  4. rqceili

    rqceili New Egg

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    If saddle feathers means a very feathery bottom, then yes he/she has that. I don't know what you mean by pointy hackle. If I knew how I would try to send a picture, I'm not very computer savvy.
     
  5. rqceili

    rqceili New Egg

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    Thank you, this guy/girl looks to be the picture of health. The headgear is slightly larger than the hen but not remarkably so.
     
  6. chickwhispers

    chickwhispers A French Hen

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    shannondee12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Without a pic, my guess is hen. I have seen hens be a year old before they started laying but I've never seen a rooster a year old before it crowed. Also, if the comb isn't that much larger than the other hens, it is more than likely a hen. Of course, that is just a guess.
     
  8. rqceili

    rqceili New Egg

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    Thank you for that link, it is very helpful. I had chickens when I was younger but never knew what all their parts were called in that much detail. I guess I will have to wait and see what progresses when the weather warms up and the days get longer. Maybe it's a hen after all and just a late bloomer.
     
  9. chickwhispers

    chickwhispers A French Hen

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    You're welcome! I've heard of hens who end up waiting until their second spring before they start laying but either way Good luck to you on this! When you find out please let us know! [​IMG]
     

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