Hens or Roos

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by vboudreau, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. vboudreau

    vboudreau Hatching

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    Hi everyone. This is the first time I have owned chickens. I have a black australorp, barred plymouth, brahma, and gold wyandotte. The farm I bought from assured me they were all hens. But looking at the plymouth and australorp I'm not sure. Can someone tell me if they are hens? I would hate to return them, they're so sweet,but my town doesn't allow roos :(



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  2. Cel45

    Cel45 Songster

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    How old are they?
     
  3. vboudreau

    vboudreau Hatching

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    15 to 16 weeks old. When I bought them I was told they were 5 weeks old.
     
  4. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    I think they are all pullets.
     
  5. Cel45

    Cel45 Songster

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    The Australorp has a large comb. Mine has a small comb and has been laying for several months now. But with that said, I guess that can be natural variation. I don't see any other indicators that it is a roo. The others do look like pullets.
     
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  6. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    Here's a pic of my Australorp hen. She has a good sized comb.
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  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Those are all pullets. You should have eggs within the next month or so [​IMG]
     
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  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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    Pullets
     
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  9. hdowden

    hdowden Crowing

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    That australorp looks like a cockerel. Our hens have never had a comb and wattle that big at that age. You can part the feathers at the base of the tale and see if saddles are coming in but if not I would guess they are closer to 21 weeks than 15.
     
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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