Pullet or Cockerel? Blue Andalusian (5 months today!)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by studiosprout, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. studiosprout

    studiosprout New Egg

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    I'm having a hard time telling if my Blue Andalusian is female or male. I'll call her a "she" since I've treated all my chickens as hens from birth hoping that none would turn out as roosters. She has always been independent and preferred free ranging. She is vocal to get out of the run but once out doesn't make too much banter. She doesn't have a high pitched crow but I'm wondering if she is actually crowing and I'm just thinking it's hen talk. The last four days she started picking on my Cuckoo Marans who just started laying eggs. She has pecked a sore in the top of her head. Someone told me this is male breeding behavior. Any thoughts from the photos posted would be helpful. Thanks!

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Pullet, should be laying quite soon if not already.
     
  3. studiosprout

    studiosprout New Egg

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    Thanks for the fast reply. She looks like a pullet to me too! The pecking isn't cool though. Any ideas why she is picking on the Marans besides that she is stir crazy to free range?
     
  4. ChickenExtreme

    ChickenExtreme Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her tail feathers are not long and pointed like on a rooster and I'm not seeing any saddle feathers. I would imagine seeing some at that age, so it looks like you got a pullet! [​IMG] As for the pecking issue, some hens are more aggressive than others and like to peck and pick on lower ranking hens exessively. Providing other things for them to peck at, such as flock blocks (found at feed stores), can keep them busy and give the lower ranking hens a chance to recover. Hope this helps! [​IMG]
     
  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    thats a pullet should get eggs in a month or 2
     

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