VERY SAD!!! I think one of my favorite black Austrolorps is a Roo????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by byudawn, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. byudawn

    byudawn Out Of The Brooder

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    We raised 2 black Austrolorps since April 1st, bought from Cal-Ranch here in Utah---they are really like the exact same age-ish and size (maybe within a day???), so they are now almost 15 weeks old. They are my FAVORITES and are so gentle and even come jump up on my lap when I'm sitting down! Amazing!
    The other (smaller leghorn) chickens even "boss" them around! Anywho, we were on vacation last week and had neighbors taking care of them all, and when I came back it kind of hit me that ONE of the austrolorps's tail feathers look DIFFERENT than the others---like a rooster! [​IMG] I am SO sad, because like many other chicken owners in the suburbs, we can't have a rooster (and don't want one anyway). Please, is there anyone that sees the same thing I do in my pics? The one has feathers that go "up" more and even when it is standing/walking, it has more of a "U" shaped curve to the top of it's body/tail feathers than the other that is much for "flat". These are not the best pics I'm sure.
    So I"m a bit confused because otherwise their head things look the same (yeah, I forget what those are called) and maybe one is just having longer tail feathers?? (I can only hope)
    We wanted to see how these lay, because if they are great we're getting rid of some Rhode Island Reds and getting more austrolorps next year!
    Thanks for any help!
    Ummmm.......I can't see how to upload my pictures???? Help?
     
  2. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Posting pics...
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    ETA -- I'm sure you'll love the Australorps! I love mine. (I only have 1 left though.)
     
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  3. byudawn

    byudawn Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I think I've got it, here are the pics: Can you tell which one's tail feathers I'm talking about? Yet, they look the same otherwise,
    OH, and the "roo" i'm thinking is actually a shinier "green" sheen if that makes any difference? Thanks!!!

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  4. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still a little young, but it's starting to look a little different from the other one. At 15 weeks I'd give it a little more time before getting rid of it.
     
  5. banjoejoe4783

    banjoejoe4783 VILLAMIL FARMS

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    pritty pullet [​IMG]
     
  6. NoSleepTillBrooklyn

    NoSleepTillBrooklyn Out Of The Brooder

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    Right now, I'd say pullet. There absolutely no comb. But like you said, that tail is being held up pretty high, which some females do. I'd watch for behavior, does she always have to greet you first? Does she rush the other under a table or something if she senses danger? Then there's the obvious comb/wattle difference, that may not be decipherable till about 6 months. Otherwise, by looks right now, I'd say pullet.
     
  7. byudawn

    byudawn Out Of The Brooder

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    They stick together all the time, but one doesn't seem to dominate per se. They will both come and greet me together [​IMG] I'll just keep watching them! Thanks for the help so far! I'm just curious though, how do Cal-Ranch and other place deal with if they guarantee they have pullets, and then one is not? Obviously I wouldn't just want to "return" it for the $2 I spent on the baby chick...............our neighbors were told they could return their roo to the nursery they bought it from, but they haven't told me what happened. Or maybe it's just a chance you take?
     
  8. swmalone

    swmalone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got an australorp from cal ranch in Northern Utah as well as a buff orpington and a black sex link. I have heard a mystery crow about three times over the last several weeks, but can never figure out who it is. I don't want my buff or my australorp to be a roo, so I am hoping I have a crowing hen.

    Here is a picture of my australorp. Mine is a little over 16 weeks old. My australorp is the one that runs and hides from me.

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  9. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Both look like pullets to me.
     
  10. swmalone

    swmalone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One other thing I think it is just a chance you take when buying chicks. There is about a 10% chance that you will end up with a cockerel as opposed to a pullet. I hope both of yours are pullets as much as I hope mine is as well. I am planning on being patient and waiting until they all start to lay and I know I have hens or the mystery crower begins crowing more frequently and I can tell which it is. I live in town too and know the feeling of wanting to be a good neighbor.

    Best of luck to you.
     

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