HUGE Ameraucana?

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bethk98

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I bought 4 chickens from someone and one of them she told me was a 3 month olf Ameraucana. Well, that was in May and she hasn't laid a single egg and is HUGE. Not only is she huge, she has thick, feathery feet (legs). Her legs are three times as thick as the other two. (see pics)

Any ideas as to what this big girl is and also why she isn't laying? (Is there a way to tell the age of a chicken somehow?)

Thanks!!









 
You have a rooster there (see saddle feathers), and he actually looks like Buff Brahma .
 
SERIOUSLY!! Well, that would be why HE (Rose) haha isn't laying eggs. When will he get his comb? And starting crowing?
 
Buff brahma rooster. Brahmas are a "giant" breed, they're slow to mature and gain full weight. They've been known to not crow until 8 months or so. They also have a pea comb, so while they do get a comb, it's not as impressive as a big ol straight comb.
 
It looks like a brahma to me too, but I am not so sure that it's a roo.

I have heard that depending on where you live some birds wont lay until next spring. Each breed does better in certain areas better (production wise) due to daylight weather and factors like that.

This bird doesn't particularly look like a 7 month old bird to me. I would compare pictures of her when you got her and compare it to other brahmas at various ages. (therefore killing two birds with one stone, by seeing if the lady's age estimate was correct and if she is a brahma.)

If she was a cockerel I would think she would be crowing by now.

Hope this helps,
Mickey Lou 04
 
It looks like a brahma to me too, but I am not so sure that it's a roo.

I have heard that depending on where you live some birds wont lay until next spring. Each breed does better in certain areas better (production wise) due to daylight weather and factors like that.

This bird doesn't particularly look like a 7 month old bird to me. I would compare pictures of her when you got her and compare it to other brahmas at various ages. (therefore killing two birds with one stone, by seeing if the lady's age estimate was correct and if she is a brahma.)

If she was a cockerel I would think she would be crowing by now.

Hope this helps,
Mickey Lou 04
Most definitely a rooster. Look at the long saddle feathers coming from the base of his tail. Although his comb isn't too red, his plumage says male. I'm not exactly sure about age either, but my Brahma cockerel (sexed at feedstore) is feathering out much more slowly than his sister (also a Brahma).
 
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It looks like a brahma to me too, but I am not so sure that it's a roo.

I have heard that depending on where you live some birds wont lay until next spring. Each breed does better in certain areas better (production wise) due to daylight weather and factors like that.

This bird doesn't particularly look like a 7 month old bird to me. I would compare pictures of her when you got her and compare it to other brahmas at various ages. (therefore killing two birds with one stone, by seeing if the lady's age estimate was correct and if she is a brahma.)

If she was a cockerel I would think she would be crowing by now.

Hope this helps,
Mickey Lou 04
Sorry, this is incorrect, and I don't want you to get your hopes up that this is a late-maturing pullet. Yes, some pullets will go through their first winter without laying (those are culls at our house), but this is in no way a pullet. This boy has long, almost fully mature, saddle feathers. The saddle feathers don't usually come in on a rooster until he's close to sexual maturity, and this bird has a full set. I would say he's at least 7 months old, if not older. He may be a quiet boy, but he's all boy. Females simply DO NOT get those feathers.
 
Sorry, this is incorrect, and I don't want you to get your hopes up that this is a late-maturing pullet. Yes, some pullets will go through their first winter without laying (those are culls at our house), but this is in no way a pullet. This boy has long, almost fully mature, saddle feathers. The saddle feathers don't usually come in on a rooster until he's close to sexual maturity, and this bird has a full set. I would say he's at least 7 months old, if not older. He may be a quiet boy, but he's all boy. Females simply DO NOT get those feathers.

X2. He is all boy!
 

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