Is this black australorp a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hhong3138, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. hhong3138

    hhong3138 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the forum. I am hoping someone can help me figure out my eight weeks old black australorp is a pullet or a rooster. I ordered only hens as we can't have roosters in NYC, but this bird looks like a rooster to me. I need to figure it out before the bird start to crow!!! Thanks for your help.

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  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    He's a cockerel. Sorry.
     
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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  4. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    I can't be sure, does it have the pointy hackle feathers? My BA cockerals were noticeable at 4 weeks old.
     
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If that bird is under three months old... Then he's 100% rooster. That's a huge red comb for so young! Sorry. [​IMG]
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    While your bird might be a cockerel, I would suggest posting some better pictures that show the neck and tail areas better. A cockerel will have obviously pointed hackle feathers on its neck and pronounced development of saddle feathers in front of its tail. The comb and wattle development of the bird in the picture would be appropriate for a Australorp pullet of 8 weeks.
     
  7. Upcycled

    Upcycled Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't worry about crowing just yet...Their first attempts are very muffled and kinda cute. You will notice them, but I ASSURE YOU, nobody outside a five foot area would ever hear them or identify them as a full fledged **crow**.
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I keep Black Australorps. And I am going to vote cockerel. All my girls are 4 1/2 months old and none of them have a comb and wattles anywhere near that big. Sorry. [​IMG]
     
  9. hhong3138

    hhong3138 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for helping me. I posted another picture. sorry, I am not sure what pointy hackle feathers look like. This is the first time I try to raise chicken. [​IMG]
     
  10. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    At that age, definitely a rooster. My australorps don't even have wattles that big and they are almost a year old. [​IMG]
     

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