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what breed & gende am I?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by CyndiD, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. CyndiD

    CyndiD Songster

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    Hi can anyone tell me what breed this chicken is? Or what gender? I was very surprised to see pic of hens w/combs!!? I thought only Roosters had combs?
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    If u need better pic, I will take more!!? Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Renee572

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    looks kinda like my black australorp. How old is it? Hens do have combs, I think males usually have bigger combs but they usually grow and turn red well before hens do.
     
  3. CyndiD

    CyndiD Songster

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    Our guess is this chicken is about 1 yr old, there about. Our neighbor gave it to us 2 days ago, we wanted a Rooster! But now I'm not sure! I guess I could wait to see if it lays eggs?
    It is wild, not use to being confined. How long should I keep it in our coop before I let it free-range?
     
  4. Renee572

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    I'm not an expert by any means but if it is an australorp then I would guess its most likely a hen as roosters of that bread have a different looking tail and it would probably have a bigger comb. But I could be wrong on the breed.

    As far as how long to keep it cooped I can't speak on that. My australorp does seem to get more restless than my others when it's cooped up. But if your intention is to make sure it knows where to lay when it starts then that could take a while as sometimes they quit laying for a bit when they have new surroundings.

    Hopefully some other people can chime in that have more experience.

    [​IMG] Here's my black australorp hen, she's almost a year old and she's been laying since she was 18 weeks!
     
  5. CyndiD

    CyndiD Songster

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    How can I confirm if it is a hen or rooster? Maybe by the spur or no spur??
     
  6. Renee572

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    sometimes hens can have spurs. The only sure way is if you hear a crow or get an egg.
     
  7. CyndiD

    CyndiD Songster

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    Duh! Silly me, I did here it crow yesterday, I remember now! Duhh! I checked out Austrlorp's & they are large birds, this one is smaller than my Buff Orphington & my Winndotte. It is a sleek bird. Thanks for ur help.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    The photos are a little blurry and dark, so I'm not sure whether it is a hen or rooster. It is likely an Australorp or Australorp mix.
     
  9. CyndiD

    CyndiD Songster

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    We looked to see if it has spurs but didn't see any. Are roosters born w/the spur in place?
    I looked at the Black Java chicken, it may be that. This bird is small, not bantam small, but small.
    How long should I keep it penned up? It is not use to going into a coop each night, it has been free-range. My hens r free range but, they go inside their coop at dusk, I lock them up ea night & let them out ea morn, I would like this bird to do the same for its protection.
     
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    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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