Speckled Hen/Purplechicken/lurky! UPDATED W/PICS

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joanm, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I received two Australop "warmers" when I ordered my chicks. They are now 18 weeks. I can't figure out if they are roosters or hens, they do look different from the one hen that I did order, larger combs and very red. I haven't heard any attempt of crowing. What age do roosters find their voice?

    Here are recent pictures. They are 18 weeks.

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    Look at the difference between them!

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    Does anyone think the Australorps are roos?
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2007
  2. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is a barred rock and he started trying at about 16 weeks. He is now 18 weeks and he is a pro. he crows morning noon and night [​IMG]
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Time will tell for sure. Some take longer to get the crow going than others. Once they start the magical symphony the off switch is broke, that's for sure.

    bigzio
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Post a picture.
     
  5. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine started around 18 weeks. If you posted a picture of him, i bet we would all see if we could tell you. I have two girls i can post for you to compare.


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    Here she is at 20 weeks:

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  6. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lurky, I do have a third chick but she is shy and I couldn't get a picture, but she looks like yours - very small comb and not red at all...
     
  7. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody?? [​IMG]
     
  8. silkhope

    silkhope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look like hens to me [​IMG]
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You got some nice packing peanuts. Two girls there. 100% certain! Roo's would have MUCH bigger combs or be just 8 weeks old with combs like thoes you have on the girls there. Plus, they have no roo feathers. I bet they will lay first too. That's what's the comb is telling me at least!
     
  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    My opinion they are hens at that age ...I don't see any saddles feathers that would mean roos either....Some hens get larger combs and wattles......some hens just mature sooner then others...
     

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