Help...Rooster or hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by howie1963, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. howie1963

    howie1963 New Egg

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    I have a Black Austrolorp that is crowing like a rooster. However, I have looked at numerous pictures and have read numerous threads about how to tell them apart and everything is telling me I have a hen. I have a total of 5 chickens that are about 19 weeks old and this particular Black Austrolorp has always been the most dominant. I have included pictures and am hoping that someone can tell me definitively if I have a hen or rooster. If it is a hen is it normal for the hen to crow like a rooster?



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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Rooster, he has saddle feathers (those thin pointy ones in front of his tail) and male tail feathers (longer and more curved than the girls have)
     
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is absolutely no doubt you have a rooster there.
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not sure why "everything is telling me I have a hen." Every single sign on this bird is that of a rooster, not a hen. Here are the signs of a rooster in your photo, and a pic of a full-grown Australorp hen for comparison. I took the photo of the hen from http://youngspatch.webs.com/chickensbreeds.htm, and added notes.


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    Last edited: Sep 18, 2013
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Everything WoS said, plus, well, the crowing. Roosters crow. Sorry.
     
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