I think it's a he

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Stephan222, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Stephan222

    Stephan222 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 chickens 17 weeks old all bought as day old sexed hens .One of them is a lot larger full bright red comb very bold in nature .Almost aggressive .The rest of the birds are passive calm smaller in size smaller combs .Today when I opened the coop to water the bird in ? Was Air crowing meaning No noise but going through the motions . Any opinions
     
  2. austin.ray22

    austin.ray22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a photo of the suspect?
     
  3. Jacklynn

    Jacklynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like a roo to me... pics please ! [​IMG]
     
  4. Stephan222

    Stephan222 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll have to post one Ive had a strong suspision for awhile . It's to bad cause this chicken has a great personality but if she is a he
    I can't keep him . I live in a neighborhood .
     
  5. Stephan222

    Stephan222 Out Of The Brooder

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    By the way the breed is a Australorp
     
  6. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By 17 weeks your Australorp cockerels should really be showing as boys and looking quite different from your pullets.
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    Here is one at 18 weeks for your comparison if you are unable to submit a photo.
    Hope it helps.
    My girls started getting quite red in the comb at about that age but did not lay for another 5 or 6 weeks. The crowing actions sound suspect though.
     
  7. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a Speckled sussex who went through the crowing motions - - - I couldn't tell if it was a he or she, if it was sick, or what. . .
    I had a friend come over and watched the crazy bird do the crowing and said - yep it is a roo.

    The roo has since laid an egg [​IMG] She doesn't do the crowing stuff anymore. That stopped when she got mature enough for our roo to mount her. She is very out going and I don't know if she was trying to be a alpha hen or what - - - but she is normal now!

    It was strange [​IMG] and has NEVER happened with any of my other birds [​IMG]
     
  8. Stephan222

    Stephan222 Out Of The Brooder

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    My other Australorp hens are not even close to size and they aren't even close in comparison in comb size
     
  9. Stephan222

    Stephan222 Out Of The Brooder

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    For what reason would a chicken mock crow if it was Sick .
     
  10. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:that is a VERY good indicator that she is a HE. .. .. You might want to hold onto him as long as possible. He could do some mating for you and then you could hatch out a batch of australorp chicks for next year . . . .
     

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