Is my Australorp a roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chick-chica, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. chick-chica

    chick-chica Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my 14week old Australorp. Is it a roo? I thought hen, but this morning at the crack of dawn it was wailing. You can't really call it a crow. No spurs. Its feet are super thick compared to my other chickies. Bossy as australorps tend to be, but super sweet. How can I tell, other than the wail developing into a full crow?

    Help!

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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Yes, that is a rooster. Signs of a rooster include early development and reddening of the comb and wattles, very thick legs, and the development of pointy, shiny hackle and saddle feathers. They also get larger tails that may curl over at the end, like his does. Crowing comes later, and some roosters don't crow until after six months old, although they can start early, and it sounds like your boy is practicing his.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on Pyxis. Definitely a rooster. Sorry. :eek:(
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely a rooster.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Cockerel for sure.
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Yup that's a male
     
  7. chick-chica

    chick-chica Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, all! I am a new chicken keeper as I am sure you can tell. This forum is such a great resource!
     

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