Rooster or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jencrom, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. jencrom

    jencrom Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2014
    I have suspected for a while that I may have a rooster on my hands (and where I live doesn't allow them, only hens). I picked up a blue andalusian when it was a few days old. It is now about 8 months. I am not familiar with this breed so I wasn't sure of appearance, crowing, etc... "He" has never crowed and is definitely lowest on the totem pole. Also, if they do in fact lay white eggs, "she" is not laying....
    I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but need some confirmation from the experts on this breed. Rooster or Hen?
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2016
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I don't know the breed, but looks like a hen to me.
  3. AshlyMommaWard

    AshlyMommaWard Chillin' With My Peeps

    At 8 months old with that comb, I would bet that it is a pullet, and you're getting a brown egg from her. I've not owned andalusions personally but have researched them as a I'd like to in the future. In any case, by 8 months old your gal would have long pointy saddle (on back, before tail) & hackle (around neck, like a mane) feathers by now. Quite sure she's a she, and either isn't laying the color egg you'd expected or is hiding them, a pullet with a comb that large is laying, undoubtedly.
  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 7, 2013
    Hen. I know that my chickens are a different breed and variety but with most chicken breeds you can sex them based on feathers. Here's a picture of a Black Australorp pullet and cockerel. Are you certain that's a Blue Andalusian? It doesn't look like a Blue Andalusian when looking up Blue Andalusian on google image. Makes me think more of a Austra White.

    [​IMG] Here's one of my girls. The neck, saddle, and tail covert feathers are rounded tips.
    [​IMG] Here's my rooster. Roosters will have sickle feathers that are long and curl, and the neck, and saddle feathers will be long, narrow, and pointy.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2016
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Even on posture alone it seems more girly than cockerel.

  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Looks like an Austra white to me too. Pretty little hen.
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    She is most likely a Splash colored Andalusian.

    • Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash
    • Blue X Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black
    • Blue X Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
    • Black X Black = 100% Black
    • Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
    • Splash X Black = 100% Blue
  8. jencrom

    jencrom Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2014
    Thanks! That's the conclusion I came to as well. Just wish I could figure out why she isn't laying. [​IMG]
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    She should start laying as the daylight lengthens. [​IMG]
  10. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2015
    She may be laying somewhere that you can't find the eggs. My friends found a nest full of eggs from hens that they didn't think were laying.

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