hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by NatalieNovice, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. NatalieNovice

    NatalieNovice New Egg

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    Hello! We are new to chicken raising. We have had a flock of six since they were a week old. We are told that the black is an Australorp, that the three white are Australorp,and that the two reds are Isa Brown. We dont know if they are hens or roosters.

    I would love your opinion if the breeds are correct or if you have an idea of whether they may be hens or roosters!

    They are about 9 or 10 weeks now and I will try to attach some photos below,. Thanks!!!
     
  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I'm afraid the photos are not showing up though. Can you try uploading them again?
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! As soon as you can get some photos uploaded we can get things sorted or for you right quick.
     
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    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  6. NatalieNovice

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    Thanks for your help - I think the pictures have uploaded this time :)
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    The 3 white ones are red sex link cockerels. The black one is also a cockerel, and doesn't look to be an Austrolorp with the red in the hackles.
     
  8. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

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    As Keesmom says, you have 4 cockerels and 2 pullets(young hens) by the look of it... individual close up profile photos would help to be sure.
    If the 3 white ones are red sex link cockerels, which they appear to be, then whoever sold you them should have known they were cockerels from the day they hatched, as that is what red sex links are all about.... the red colour is passed to the females and the males are predominantly white..... so the two red ones that you are calling Isa Browns are female red sex links (Isa Brown is like a "brand name" for a particular red sex link hen)

    The black one appears to be getting sickle feathers which suggests he is also a cockerel.

    If you plan to keep them all then I would strongly recommend you keep the cockerels in a separate pen and coup.... a bachelor pad if you like.... as they will pester the life (possibly literally) out of those pullets once their hormones kick in, which will be soon. The other options are to kill and eat them or to find an alternative home for them.....where someone else may decide to eat them. Once you see your hens being repeatedly "raped" by them, it's easier to make that decision, but better if you can find a solution before that starts happening.

    I hope you find an outcome that works for you.

    Good luck

    Barbara
     
  9. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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  10. NatalieNovice

    NatalieNovice New Egg

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    Thanks everyone! We heard our first crow this morning, so I dare say you are correct. Our local school does a program where children watch chickens hatch, we then took on some of the hatchlings after this program which is why we had such limited information. We will look at re-homing the roosters this week :)

    I might look at purchasing a few more pullets to replace them, will there be any problems integrating new hens into the flock? And any suggestions on breeds that are good with children and other pets?

    I really appreciate your expertise!
     

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