Telling the sex of a Chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CountryGirl2014, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. CountryGirl2014

    CountryGirl2014 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 7 purebred Australorp chickens, all 5 months old. We know we have one rooster for sure, but one of the hens is starting to look and act like a rooster. "She" crows (not very well), her comb is bigger than the other hens, but not as big as the roosters, and she is built really odd like, almost in between a hen and a rooster. This chicken has got us really confused, please help!
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be a late developing rooster, but it doesn't sound like it . It sounds like neither of her her ovaries developed. Without a anything do drive her hormones female, she is reverting towards the male pattern. Just a a caponed cockerel takes a different look then a full rooster. Interesting to see how she/he turns out.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    At this age, if it crows, it's pretty much male. You can post a pic to be sure.
     
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  4. CountryGirl2014

    CountryGirl2014 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanx for the replies, I will try to get a good picture of her/him
     
  5. CountryGirl2014

    CountryGirl2014 Out Of The Brooder

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    I took the picture of jet, the one we know is a rooster (left) and put him next to Autumn (right[​IMG]

    ) the one thats been confusing us
     
  6. Kasey

    Kasey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say both are Roos.
     
  7. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, those are both roosters. Autumn has nice hackle feathers. His comb is developing well. I think the saddle feathers from what I can see are rooster as well. The other cockerel probably started to develop earlier and may have suppressed his crowing.
     
  8. urbanchickchick

    urbanchickchick Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you all think about these "girls"? I think they may be roos, too.[​IMG]
     
  9. Kasey

    Kasey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say Roos on the SLWs they look just like my Roo at that age.

    Here's a pic
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  10. donrae

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    Every bird on this thread is a rooster.
     

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