Hen or Roo? Maran or Australorp?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SeaHen, May 13, 2019.

  1. SeaHen

    SeaHen Songster

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    The white chicken is of unknown origin, hatched secretly last September under a sneaky banty hen. For me, everything pointed to her/him being a pullet but recently I’m questioning that. S/he doesn’t resemble any of my other roosters, has lady legs and feet with no spurs, and is the size and shape of most of my hens. However, her behavior has changed dramatically in the last week or so.

    The blue hen is one of 2 pullets dumped in my pasture last year. I assumed she was a Maran due to the feathering on her legs but her eyes are black like an Australorp. The last photo is of a chick that hatched with the aforementioned white one under the sneaky banty, and is obviously the offspring of the blue hen. She has similar coloring but amber-colored eyes and no feathering on her legs. No idea who any of the dads are here. Would love your feedback!
     

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  2. MochaDuck

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    They all look like females to me, but I'm not sure what breed they'd be.
     
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  3. cstephens1987

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    White one looks like a cockerel to me
     
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  4. cstephens1987

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    And the hen looks like a blue cochin
     
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  5. featheredplanets

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    The white one is a cockerel.

    Can’t help with breeds though, sorry!

    ETA: Since OP clarified that the white birds new behaviours are crowing and mounting I did change my opinion from pullet to cockerel.
     
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  6. cstephens1987

    cstephens1987 Songster

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    With those wing bars?
     
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  7. SeaHen

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    Please elaborate!
     
  8. cstephens1987

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    Well shapewise I'd totally say pullet but the colored wing bars are suspectly male looking to me, but :idunno
     
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  9. SeaHen

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    So.. what I didn’t mention about the white bird’s behavior is that s/he started crowing and mounting other hens a few days ago. It’s not a joke that I’m confused by his/her feminine appearance and submissiveness around other roosters, and I sincerely appreciate the feedback. I’ve heard of crowing pullets due to hormonal fluctuations and guess I’m still wondering if this might be the case. If s/he starts laying eggs soon it will only add to the mystery!
     
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    Gotcha, thanks!
     

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