I know it's early, but indulge me. (sexing Black Australorps)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HeatherT, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. HeatherT

    HeatherT Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm brand new to BYC and spankin new to chickens. Or any animals really. (sad childhood, huh?)

    I have 2 sexed Black Australorp chicks that we got at a farm store a week ago. The kids wanted to name them of course, and I was worried about being able to tell them apart, however from day one they have been totally different. Who knew chickens could have so much personality? Isabelle is quiet, shy, and small, while Lindy (maybe Lenny) is significantly bigger, braver, louder, and has almost successfully jumped out of their deep plastic box. Isabelle will run and literally hide under Lindy. And now at 1 week Lindy has a bunch of tail feathers already sticking out, while Isabelle has nothing.

    So is that much difference in hens normal? Are the things I mentioned indicative of roosters?

    I can try to get a pic of the tail feathers if any can give me iPad help. I'm new to Macs too. So much newness.
     
  2. KBlue

    KBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some pictures would help!

    I know nothing about ipads, though, sorry can't help you there.
     
  3. HeatherT

    HeatherT Out Of The Brooder

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    Figured it out!! It required an app. Obvs. Pics of Lindy/Lenny coming shortly!
     
  4. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    Actually - from all I've read - it seems that females feather out more quickly than males. So maybe Isabelle is the roo! [​IMG]
     
  5. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2. That was the case with my Brahma boy.
     
  6. HeatherT

    HeatherT Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, that's good to know about the feather! Hopefully NO roosters. Here's a pic showing the size and tail feather difference. (hopefully) [​IMG]
     
  7. HeatherT

    HeatherT Out Of The Brooder

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    And now that I know how to do it, a few more pics.

    Isabelle: (note she is quietly sitting in fear)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6947207951/" title="Photo 4 - 2012-03-02 by HeatherStull, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7049/6947207951_6b7740850f_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="Photo 4 - 2012-03-02"></a>

    Lindy: (note feathers and drastic escape attempt)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6801101312/" title="Photo 2 - 2012-03-02 by HeatherStull, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7058/6801101312_9e8ef257bb_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="Photo 2 - 2012-03-02"></a>


    For fun, here's Isabelle and her stealthy hiding spot:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6801101150/" title="Photo 1 - 2012-03-02 by HeatherStull, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7184/6801101150_8485621cf8_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="Photo 1 - 2012-03-02"></a>
     
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  8. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is too early to tell, but the others are spot on in their advice. I've raised numerous breeds of chickens, and while they do have variations between breeds, I've only had one roo that feathered as fast as the hens. 90% of the time, the little dude with a bare butt while all the others are parading around with tail feathers is a roo.
     
  9. HeatherT

    HeatherT Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted the three pics above the same as the one that worked, and yet...fail. I am my mother. How depressing.
     
  10. KBlue

    KBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No matter how hard we try not to turn into our parents....we inevitably do.

    :)
     

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