New member introduction

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fxchsfrms, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. fxchsfrms

    fxchsfrms Out Of The Brooder

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    First time chicken owner. Raised them from chicks and they are now 4 months old. They live in an enclosed, covered run 14x28 here in south/central Texas. 2 black Australorps, 3 Americauna/Easter Eggers, 1 Buff Orpington, and 1 surprise from the hatchery.

    I like to garden, can, quilt, and read, but not in any particular order.

    I'm wondering if one of my Australorp chickens is really a roo as it's comb and wattle are much larger than the others. Would live to hear your thought.

    I look forward to learning all I can on this forum! Thanks. SJ[​IMG]
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]Glad you joined us!
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. in my opinion, your Black Australorp looks like a female. I'm not seeing any pointy hackle (neck) feathers despite the large comb and wattles.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
     
  5. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    If this Australorp is only 4 months old, yes, you have a cockerel on your hands. I keep Aussies and I can tell you that pullets are not that developed at 4 months of age. Has he crowed yet? I am pretty positive that is a male.
     
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    ericaruth19 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I'm new too! Erica from Michigan
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. TwoCrows

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

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    They can start crowing at any age, but because he is not crowing yet, doesn't mean he is a she. I have never had an Aussie pullet at 4 months with such large comb and wattles. Does the bird have pointy hackle and saddle feathers?
     
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    fxchsfrms Out Of The Brooder

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    Will have to check that. When do those type feathers show up? Should they be there now?
     
  10. TwoCrows

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

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    They should be a bit pointy right now. Look along the base of the neck where it meets the shoulders and where the feathers droop around the tail. If they are really rounded, then it is possible she is a she. But if they are pointy at all, he is probably a he. Compare this one with a known pullet. Are you sure this bird is only 4 month age?
     

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