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Do I have an Australorp Rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ryeguy, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. ryeguy

    ryeguy Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our two Australorps happens to be my favorite of all our chickens. However, I'm wondering if it's a he and not a she. Compared to the other Australorp he/she is bigger and the comb is definitely larger and more developed. We got them from Meyer and they weren't straight-run. At this point there are 6 months old. I've yet to catch either Australorps in the act of laying, but I know at least one of them have to be.

    Here's the possible Roo:


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    Here's the for-sure Hen for comparison:


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    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're both hens. The first one is just growing faster (she's probably more dominant and gets more food).
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Looks like a hen to me.
     
  4. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    I raise and breed Australorps and that is most definitely a pullet!
     
  5. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I check the pullet box as well. Most certainly a lady. I got 2 and yours could be their sister.
     
  6. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats a hen, and an austrolorp
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I see all hens in your pictures. Just like humans, chickens develop at different rates. Your slower girl will catch up, and it's likely that first girl who is laying.
     
  8. mrsc1951

    mrsc1951 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She looks just like my two BA hens and just like yours - one of mine developed faster and has remained a bit larger than her sister. Very sweet chickens, docile and friendly. Plus, the smaller one is the protector of my little bantam. My LBs pick on my bantam but not when Mattie is around.
     
  9. ryeguy

    ryeguy Out Of The Brooder

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    That's good to hear. Thanks for the responses. The Australorps are my favorites. They seem to be he friendliest of all the breeds we have.
     

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