Blk Australorp found. Roo or hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by samsrib, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. samsrib

    samsrib Out Of The Brooder

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    A family moved over the weekend and opened their coop door and let all their chickens loose. This chicken was found wandering around T-Mobile. It looks like a blk Australorp to me, with feathers that have a green and purple tint in the sunlight. It has amber eyes, rather than dark eyes. I don't know if it is a hen or roo. From all the photos I have seen, it looks more like a roo to me. I have had it for 3 or 4 days. No eggs, and I heard soft "er-er-er" crowing from it, the last two mornings. 6 "er-er-er"'s all in a row yesterday morning.

    I had someone who saw these photos say it was definetly a hen. And I have heard that sometimes dominant hens will crow a little bit. It is dominant, calm, quiet but also grabs my pullets by the back of the neck and doesnt let go until they pull themselves free. I havent seen it try to mount any of them, but they are all young. Less than 12 weeks except for one who is 17 weeks, a BO and she isnt laying yet either.

    So main thing I want to know is
    1. Roo or hen?
    2. Black Australorp with amber eyes?
    Now to see if I can figure out how to put a photo here.

    Thanks so much for any input you can share.
    Paige, a chicken addict

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  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Pretty roo
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    This is my Black Australorp, Matilda.

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    Notice her tail feathers are quite different from your visiting chicken. Yours has rooster feathers.
     
  4. my3chickens

    my3chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gryeyes; how old is Matilda? I have 2 BA's, 10 weeks old, and one has absolutely no comb and the other has a small red comb. I just assumed if they had a red comb they were roos.... New to chickens, sure you could tell [​IMG]
     
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Roo. [​IMG] He is a pretty too!
     
  6. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

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    Its a Rooster. But I think It is just so irresponsible for people to just "let them Free". He's pretty though.
     
  7. Bloomie

    Bloomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH! I wonder if one of the Australorp's we have is going to be a ROO!
    The 4 "girls" are 9 weeks old, but one has blossomed a big comb & waffles, where the other 3 only have dinky combs.
    And the one with the comb & waffles is more aggressive.
    Bought them at the same time from the feed store, they were supposed to be about the same age and sex....LOL

    Whatcha think?
     

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