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It's a .....boy!? (Rhode Island Red & Black Australorp)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by idek, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. idek

    idek New Egg

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    Hello! I'm new to BYC and chickens alike. Yesterday afternoon we picked up our flock of what we thought was 7 hens and 1 rooster , but now we're having our doubts on two specific birds. One is a rhode island red and the other is a black Australorp. Both are around 5 months old. Thoughts? Rooster or hens? thank you [​IMG]
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] The RIR and the black breasted red bird in the background of the last 3 pictures are roosters. The black bird that has been feather plucked or is molting looks somewhat masculine too.
     
  3. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  4. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    your suspicions are correct- both of those are boys. so there are 3 boys 4 girls... a very bad ratio. need to get rid or take back two boys.

    The rooster looks to be a lot older than the other two. It would be why he is more obvious, the other two are very young and in the teenager phase.
     
  5. idek

    idek New Egg

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    Thank you so much! The black bird is just dirty LOL ! Disappointed that 'my girls' are roos but glad I know now [​IMG]
     
  6. idek

    idek New Egg

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    Thank you !
     
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    idek New Egg

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    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with Sourland
     
  9. Cel45

    Cel45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with others. You should ideally have about 10 hens per rooster to prevent overbreeding of the hens.
     

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