Hy-Line (Show) Australop Cockerel or Hen?

Hen or Cockerel

  • Hen

    Votes: 3 42.9%
  • Cockerel

    Votes: 4 57.1%
  • Idk wait and see

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    7

Cross2Twins

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 17, 2012
29
1
24
Victoria, Australia
Hi BYC,
We recently received 3 Hy-line Show Australop Hens (Meant to be) but we have an issue.
1 seems to be a rooster:
Our Symptoms
  1. His/Her tail is always up
  2. The spur is showing at 19 weeks
  3. He is fighting with other top of the pecking order chooks
In a book a received for chooks I recently found that I could $500 AUS Dollars is this true? ( He is a Hy-Line Show and all Greenish Black feathers)

Here is some Photos:






 

donrae

Hopelessly Addicted
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Jun 18, 2010
31,453
4,057
581
Southern Oregon
A profile shot including legs is always best for sexing from a pic. But, if that bird is 19 weeks old, it's a female. Lots of females get spur buds, or even actual spurs. They're not a reliable indicator of gender.
 

Chickiebabe1900

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 29, 2013
1
0
6
I have a good feeling that is a rooster it is a good idea if your selling it cause u probably don't want it crowing and yes he would sell for $500 and cause he's a rooster a bit more money.I can tell he is a rooster by his spur bud and also he has a big wattle and comb and his tail feathers are up and they are green .If I were Australian I would buy him. He is really pretty and so stylish! SO CUTE FOR A 19 WEEK OLD!!!
 

my sunwolf

Songster
7 Years
Apr 22, 2012
2,236
157
208
Southwest Virginia
My Coop
My Coop
I agree with donrae, if that bird is 19 weeks it is most likely a hen. My Black Austrlaorp has spur buds as well; many hens develop the buds but never grow spurs. A side shot would help. The hackle and saddle feathers will tell you the sex at this age; pointed, and it is a rooster. Rounded, and it is a hen.

I have no idea how much birds go for over there, but over here it helps if the bird in question has been to shows and has proven themselves as being very nicely conformed to the standard before they are sold for big bucks.
 

WalkingOnSunshine

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 8, 2008
4,210
517
328
Ohio
I'm with donrae too--at 19 weeks, that is most likely a hen. And if the bird is fighting with the top pecking order hens, that's an additional sign it's a hen. If it were a rooster, there would be no fighting because the hens would begin to submit to him. She's just an aggressive girl fighting for her place in the pecking order.

The spur buds mean nothing--even hens have those.

A side shot showing the feathers at the neck and in front of the tail would be super helpful, as was mentioned before.
 

Lemonpie

In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 21, 2012
23
0
34
That's a cockerel because of hackle and comb! One question does it try to mate and fight with the others
 

WalkingOnSunshine

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 8, 2008
4,210
517
328
Ohio
That's a cockerel because of hackle and comb! One question does it try to mate and fight with the others
The bird is 19 weeks old. That's a normal female comb for this breed. The hackle feathers look like normal female hackles to me. Rooster hackles are longer and skinnier and shinier.

I can't tell from your photo whether the bird has saddle feathers or not.
 
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