I'm off to find the camera and get a few photos for the educated eyes on this site...but until then... We have a small flock of 11 birds - all are about 6-7 months old, most of the hens are laying. In this little flock we had 3 Australorps. One is definitely a hen, one was definitely a rooster. The rooster died about a month ago. The other Australorp is smaller than our rooster was, none of the hackle feathering the rooster had, not at all dominant. Since the big Roo died, this Australorp has stayed the same except for tail feathering....its tail feathering has begun to get longer and it tries to breed one of the other hens. The rest of the hens beat it up, it's completely submissive to them. Comb and wattles aren't really red, either. I'm just wondering if rooster development is ever late b/c of other dominant roos in a flock. We're sort of sad to think our Hattie will from now on be a Harry. Is there a chance that this is actually a hen having a special relationship with the BR hen?? I should say that this bird is 6 mos. old....no crow, no eggs yet. Thoughts??