I'm soo confused - or my chicken is - help - Australorp hen or roo

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tikichicken, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Tikichicken

    Tikichicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The more I look into this, the more confused I get. I picked up a 7 week old Black Australorp "pullet" from a local farm in April. She did develop faster than the other two birds I got, but they are all different breeds. Just as her comb and wattle started to turn red and I thought I'd be having eggs soon, she/he has started a kind of crowing in the morning - EARLY morning - and I'm in the city. Now I may be having chicken soon! (just kidding, these are pets). It's not a real cocka doodle do and I originally thought she might be trying to lay, but it's going on every day now - just err errr in the am. She/He is definately the dominant one in a rooster free(?) flock of 3. Anyway, here's a photo log of her growth...

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    Soooo.... ....Mary Ann or Mary ANDY
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    I can see some shiny rooster feathers. Sorry. He's an Andy.
     
  3. SpeckledPullet

    SpeckledPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say roo. Not only did he develop fast, but look at the carriage. Also, a lot of young roosters make that sad crow ... it will get better LOL.
     
  4. TeriyakiChicken

    TeriyakiChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful Boy [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. CountyLine

    CountyLine Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I didn't know this but, do hens not have shiny feathers? Learning all the time [​IMG]
     
  6. stellacat

    stellacat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure that is an australorp? I mean look at the tail carriage.
     
  7. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm, I am going to say hen. Except the crowing.... Maybe a rooster? I don't know! [​IMG]

    But, for comparison here is my 16 week old australorp that I am pretty sure is a pullet:
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  8. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Quote:I didn't know this but, do hens not have shiny feathers? Learning all the time [​IMG]

    Hens have more dull feathers along their back, hackle, and saddle areas. Look along his back - you'll see a few of those really shiny, pointed rooster feathers.
     
  9. chicken farmer 1997

    chicken farmer 1997 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it looks like a rooster, i raise chickens and i only got 5 roosters out of 83 chickens total.
     
  10. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Pretty sure OP has a pic in another thread that clearly shows saddle feathers on this chickie.. I say Roo. [​IMG]

    Same chicken, right tiki?

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