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need help distinguishing sex of australorps.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jamieledford, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. jamieledford

    jamieledford Out Of The Brooder

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    we have three black australorps and we think we have two hens and one rooster but all the pictures we have looked at show roosters with bigger tail feathers. we have one that has very short tail feathers and two that have longer tail feathers but not quite rooster length. they are about six months old. we get two to three eggs a day and usually two in one hen box. there are four boxes, is it common for two hens to lay in the same box? also, we have witnessed one of the chickens trying to mate with another hence the reason for believing that we have one rooster.
     
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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    You have three pullets.
     
  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    At six months of age if you had a rooster it would be crowing on and off all day long. If it's not crowing it's not a rooster.

    If you get three eggs a day you have three hens. They only lay one egg in a 24 hr period (yes I know it's not exactly 24 hrs). If you are regularly getting 3 eggs it's because 3 chickens are laying. It's common for one now and then to go a little longer between eggs so that's why sometimes you only get two.

    Yes it common for them to all use the same box. As a general rule, the more boxes you give them the more likely they will ignore all but one and all squish into it together ;-). Sort of Murphy's law for chickens.

    As for the mating, yeah it happens now and then just like mares or cows jump up on other mares and cows. It's also possible the one on top was simply trying to convince the one on the bottom she is below her in social standing.
     
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    All three are pullets. :eek:)
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    All three are female [​IMG]
     
  6. PoultryQueen101

    PoultryQueen101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 but the crowing bit. I have a 9 month old RC Rhode Island Red Cockerel (actually 2 but the other is 8 months) that have never crowed in their lives. The younger one I would assume is do to his more dominant pen partner, but the latter lives alone.
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Agreed. I've had the rare Australorp over the years that was nearly a year old before he crowed.
     
  8. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Interesting. Our rooster was crowing by 13-16 weeks.
     
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  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Pullets.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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