Help, is this a rooster or a hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Meljamsta, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Meljamsta

    Meljamsta New Egg

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    We purchased these 2 pure breed australorp chickens that were "sexed" and told they were hens. This is our first time having chickens and think we may have roosters! They are now 18 weeks old anyone able to help us?

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  2. steph5253

    steph5253 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I new at this but the one on the right looks like a rooster to me :)
     
  3. steph5253

    steph5253 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the right one shows signs of being a roo, thicker legs, tail feathers, large red comb ect.... so looks like you have one of each.
     
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  4. bellmare

    bellmare Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2! I see curling tail feathers, makes me think roo. The one on the left is a hen though, looks just like my two lorp girls.
     
  5. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    The right one is definatley a cockerel
     
  6. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My only problem with them, is that I don't see a single hint of saddle of hackle feathers on the right one. But the one on the left is definitely a hen.
     
  7. Meljamsta

    Meljamsta New Egg

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    I dear I was so hoping that they were just big hens! I will have one very distraught little 3 year old as they are her pets :(
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree, one rooster, one hen.

    I know kids get attached easily, but I'd advise to get rid of the rooster. Roosters make poor pets and your little girl's eyes are right at the level he'll spur if he goes to flog. She'll be upset, but get over it much quicker than you'd think.
     
  9. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one on the right look to be a rooster..Dont see the saddle feathers but that curl on its tail feathers leads me to think maybe?? I have a thread on here too, trying to figure out if what I have is a rooster or hen...Its so hard sometimes!
     
  10. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

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    In my experience australorp take a slow to develop saddle feathers
     

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