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6 week old Australorp Rooster?

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This is Cookie (so i thought) . I hope she is a he, because of my six Straight Run Barred Rocks, all of them turned out to be girls . you would think thats a miracle, but i wanted a roo.
She/He is six weeks old. she has a comb that is larger than the others by far, and has wattles. none of the others do. i want to say rooster , but i dont know? idunno
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Edited by barred-rocks-rock - 7/22/09 at 8:18am
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Your picture didn't come through.  Could you please try loading it again then someone might be able to help you determine what your chicken is.

Good luck.

Kristen
3 D'Uccles hens, 1 D'Uccles roo.  Never a dull moment at The Coop of Chaos.
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Anybody? hit

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It looks like a rooster to me. I just posted some pix of our roo and pullets at 8 weeks old and our hens didn't have a comb like this yet at 8 weeks. Here is the other thread if you want to see the pix. At 8 weeks, when I took the pictures, you can already clearly see the difference between the rooster and the pullets. There is also a picture of the rooster that I took today. He's about 18 weeks old now and such a pretty boy! You have to see him in person to really see how pretty he is. The green in his feathers is iridescent and he is just so pretty!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2582813#p2582813


Edited by mom2chicksandpups - 7/22/09 at 10:16am
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cockerel.  absolutely, hands down, no questions.  he's going to be a nice looking gent!

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ya Yes!! I think i'll  give him a partner and i can call them Cosmo and Wanda.

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he's very nice looking!  handsome little thing!

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That's what my roo's look like smile He's really cute!

Wife to a great husband * Mommy to a feisty toddler * Four American Saddlebreds * Happy owner of Australorps, a Barred Rock,  a RIR,  EE's, a Brahma,  Muscovy's,  Pekins, and an Embden goose* I guess you can say I'm really blessed!
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Wife to a great husband * Mommy to a feisty toddler * Four American Saddlebreds * Happy owner of Australorps, a Barred Rock,  a RIR,  EE's, a Brahma,  Muscovy's,  Pekins, and an Embden goose* I guess you can say I'm really blessed!
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Help! I had my first try at hatching australorps this year. Not hugely successful I must say, but I have a few. Most of them are 6 weeks old now, and from about 2 weeks there has been a clear difference in their tails but their combs and wattles all look about the same at the moment. One developed a long pointy tail by about 2 weeks old and the rest all had stubby little rear ends. At 6 weeks those are starting to grow some tail feathers but they are well behind the other one.

There is also one who is 5 days older - the only survivor from another attempt to hatch some - and this one also had a quick developing tail but the bird is about three times the size of all the others.

I had presumed that the one with the quick tail development was the (only) girl in the batch, the 5 days older one also a girl, and the ones which were slower to get tail feathers must be boys. Now I am doubting this and everyone just refers to comb and wattles which don't look very different at this age. I was going to send the ones I thought were boys off to someone who will grow them on for the table - just next weekend - so I'm trying to find out if I should reverse this idea or if the tail development is irrelevant?

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