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Australorp pullet?

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Thread Starter 
I'm fairly new here, and only have a small flock of 4 but I had a question about my australorp specifically.

I'm almost certain that my other 3 are female (buff orpington, and black and red sexlinks big_smile.png ), but my australorp seems to be showing a possibility of being either! I purchased a female with a "5% chance of error" lol.png

I've been reading in a lot of these threads specifically about australorps but mine seems to have a couple things different.
1) The birds in the photos people have posted around 6 weeks old, the age mine are, seem less feathered out. This might not actually be the case but i thought it worth mentioning. May turn out not to be am australorp at all for all I know! tongue.png
2) It seems that they either have no comb at all or are already bright red by 6 weeks. Mine has a larger comb than the other girls and most other australorp it seems but it is NOT red. Barely a touch of pink, really just a fleahy tone. There's a sign of wattles but they aren't really developed.

I know time will tell, but I wanted to get some ideas from other people, some more experienced ones. big_smile.png

Thank you!










Hopefully these photos will show and help.
post #2 of 5
With that much comb at 6 weeks, that is almost certainly a cockerel. The rest look like pullets from what I can see of them.
Edited by QueenMisha - 6/6/16 at 3:31pm

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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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Oh man, really? I was hoping for 4 hens, so thats kind of a bummer. So comb size at this age is more indicative than the redness of it? hmm.png

And I'm pretty sure this is too small of a flock to be able to keep a rooster. Thank you for the help though!
post #4 of 5
Both size and redness are indicators. In this case, size wins.

It depends on his personality. If he is a good rooster, he may be able to be kept with only three hens without an issue. Feather loss is likely, but that can be easily prevented and fixed with hen saddles. However, if he is a bad rooster and he is aggressive enough to actually stress the hens during mating, he will need to be removed from the flock.

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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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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