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hen may be a rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenMommy, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 8 week old chickens. 4 our rhode island reds and the other 2 are black sex-links. My question is one of the black sex-links has black leg and feet while ALL the other chickens have yellowish legs and feet. Does this mean its really a rooster?
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Are you able to post a picture?
     
  3. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how do i post a picture
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nope, that could mean they mistakenly put a different breed in there, like a Black Australorp, which does have dark legs. If so, good score! Nice breed. Roosters and hens usually have similar color legs.
    To post, you must have the picture on a photo hosting site like www.photobucket.com then click on the URL, copy and paste then highlight the link and click the IMG button up top.
     
  5. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heres the picture of the chicken with the black legs and feet.
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  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    It's a different breed than the other chickens, for sure. But that looks like a roo to me.
     
  7. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    I can't quite tell from your picture, but does the one in question have sort of a purplish/greenish hue to its feathers, sort of like gasoline looks on water? That would be an Australorp.
    I have an Austalorp cockerel that is about 9 weeks old; its comb and wattles are much larger than the pic you show. I vote that its a pullet, but I have certainly been wrong before!
     
  8. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i hvae one other black one, but shes got brown in her too, which makes sense becasue botht the black one are supposed to be Black Sex links which are Rocks and rhode island reds.
    What do you all think? is it a rooster, is it a differnet breed?
    if it is a rooster , when will i know and will i have to seperate him from the others? Darn it, I didnt want a rooster.
    here are pictures of both black ones, this is from a couple weeks ago though, so they are bothe bigger and more filled out now.

    Heres the one i am possitive is a black sex link HEN
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    heres the could be rooster or differnt breed.
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  9. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    A sex link pullet must have brown and black from what I understand, so your black one isn't a sex link pullet. It does have more comb formation, too. I'd say different breed, because a sex link cockeral would be barred, not solid black. Not sure, but I also vote cockeral.
     
  10. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    Okay The feet on the black one do not look oversized to the body, and at that age roos feet can make them almost look comical. If its an Austrolope, even the hens have large combs, so you may still be in luck, time will tell.
     

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