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6 week old Australorps - Pullet or cockerel?

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Hi all,

 

I have been raising my first chickens for the past 6 weeks and love them, however... It appears they are both developing wattles and combs. Can anyone confirm I have two little roosters in my coop? Or do I need to wait for more definitive developments?

 

Here is a picture of the two of them. Both have similar wattle and comb growth, red colouring is identical.

Chick one (seated) - developed tail feathers first, feathers on the edge of the wings are longer than other wing feathers, very slightly raised feathers on back of the neck. Quite shy and reserved.

 

Chick two (standing) - smaller tail feathers, wing feathers even lengths. Very bold and inquisitive.

 

I will keep trying to get better photos of the little ones - they just don't stay still long enough!

 

Any guidance regarding their sex would be great - thanks!

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Both roosters
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #4 of 9

Cockerels.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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post #5 of 9
Australorps develop wattles quick and big, but regardless of those, the shape of the head and body are screaming cockerel to me.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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post #6 of 9
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Thank you for the replies. That was what I was afraid of... We aren't allowed roosters so the little guys will be heading back to the farm.

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Hi all,

 

Thanks again for your replies. Now that the chicks are a little older here are some updated photos.

 

Henrietta indeed appears to be a Henry - we have had some baby crowing noises around 0700am. This photo really shows his wattle and comb development.

 

But Priscilla is still silent... Could she/he turn out to be a hen? Or do I have one introverted and one extroverted rooster?

She/he is still the slightly larger of the two, but is far more timid and has taken to laying down a lot when Henry is more active. Excuse the wet ruffled feathers - it was 36 degrees Celsius here today and the chickens were hanging out under the sprinkler!

post #8 of 9
You should be able to look for the longer neck feather by now, they should be quite different if one is a girl. There is an australorps thread here if you do a search and about a page from the end Maddog posted great comparison photo of the boy and girl feathers.

Mine are 5 weeks at the moment and look much like yours did in your original photos but without any of the red colour in their combs. I have read that the boys red up before the girls so them both doing at the same time also makes you wonder if they are both boys.

Sometimes the lower on the rung boy won't crow as much or as soon.

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our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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post #9 of 9

In most breeds, wyandotte being an exception that comes to mind, the females wont show any red in combs until point of lay. Cockerels will start showing red starting at 5 weeks. By red I mead red, not orange or pink hue. It looks to me both your birds have red in comb. Both did at 6 weeks and both still do at 10 weeks as one would expect. Combs don't turn pale unless a bird is sick so once red will only get more red. Still both cockerels.

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