Is there any hope for my flock?

Erica Stebbing

In the Brooder
May 31, 2020
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I'm in a heartbreaking situation with my chickens and I could really use some help. Our chicks are 12 weeks old supposedly Americauna.. tractor supply was "getting rid of them" when the pandemic started, and I was terrified to think what meant by "get rid of them"...so I grabbed all 9 of them😔 In my moment of panic at the fate of these poor babies, I forgot something...I live in a RV park!! It was a stupid and emotional decision that I'm really paying for now. I thought maybe we'd have a couple roosters that would eventually get turned into a nice Sunday dinner but while we wait to find out who's who, my neighbors are loosing it when several of them start crowing at 4:30😬 My landlord told us the roosters have to go immediately, it's illegal to have them in the city limits, if the cops come out they'll fine us, court ect.
So the first obvious rooster..who was on his way out anyway because he was such a bully, we (this is about to get awful 😣) killed him, very humanely and far away. It was horrible and it changed my whole view of myself. I apparently am a vegetarian and should never raise animals for food, it's not in me. It's kinda destroyed my farm dreams I've held on to for the last 30 years or so.
Killing 1 or 2 roosters I can get over, it was emotionally tough but I can move on, but everyday more of them start crowing and I'm starting to think the whole flock are roosters!! I can't kill the whole flock!!!
My only hope is that several are just "hen-crowing" possibly maybe. There's 7 left at this point and hopefully my neighbors won't call the police and they'll give me a few days to get it worked out.
I posted pics of them in the chicken sexing thread but I'm not necessarily internet savy so im still figuring the message board thing out, thanks for your patience and any suggestions. I'll post another set of pics here...is there any hope that any of these are hens??
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HenneryTheEighth

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It has been at least 35 years since I've raised Americauana's, so forgive me if I am wrong.
#1=Pullet
#2 (rear) = Cockeral
#3 (front) = ? Cockeral
#3 = ? Pullet
#4= ? Cockeral
#5= ? Cockeral
#6 & 7 = ? Cockerals
I really hope I am wrong. Best of luck to you.
 

Tonyroo

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Generally all rooster have saddle feathers and longer tail feathers so do Ameraucunas, knowing that can help you get a better idea of which sex is which. Hens are slightly smaller in size with a shorter tail feathers and small combs. Hope that can help.
 

Erica Stebbing

In the Brooder
May 31, 2020
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Maybe I figured out the picture thing..head and tail of each, hopefully this will be more helpful. Thank you guys, I really appreciate y'all taking the time to weigh in with any opinions 😊
#1 who does doodle something
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#2 another doodler
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#3 the only no doodler
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#4
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#5 doodler and huge
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#6
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#7 Don't think I actually got this one sorry, but it's a doodler as well
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HenneryTheEighth

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I am amazed at how many doodlers you have out of that batch! The puffy cheeks are so distracting; I automatically think something that soft looking must be a female... then the tail looks like a doodler. How about temperament? I know your bully became dinner, but are the others displaying the same attitudes?
I really want to say that you have more pullets, bit I don’t have enough experience to be sure. :-(
 

Folly's place

Enabler
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Welcome!
This last group of photos look like all cockerels to me too.
Time to move them on elsewhere. Craigslist, post signs at feed stores, see if there's a small livestock auction nearby.
It's hard, and I'm sorry, but having a bachelor pen can't be done where you live. You may be able to find homes for at least some of them, and if some provide a nice dinner for a family, that's good too. They've all had nicer lives than any bird at the grocery store!!!
Mary
 
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