4.5 Week Old Australorps Pullets????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dwdoc, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. dwdoc

    dwdoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,

    We purchased these two Australorp chicks as sexed pullets. I had no doubts as to their sex until today. I had the birds outside free-ranging and then introduced one of my dogs into the mix (all closely supervised). When the dog got close the chicks seems to charge the dog rather flee as I would have anticipated. Is this roo behavior?

    I am attaching the below pics. Please share your opinions...I imagine its probably too early to be precise.

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    Chick #2:

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    Chick #2:

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    Thank you.
     
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  2. smarsh2

    smarsh2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 is a roo i do believe
     
  3. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicky 2 has a pretty big comb for a 4.5 week old. She could still be a girl though. For reference, here are pics of one of my pullets at 3.5 weeks. had a quite large come at that age as well. I am 90% sure she's a hen, she's nearing 17 weeks old now.[​IMG]
     
  4. jenangelcat

    jenangelcat Out Of The Brooder

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    Chick two looks rooish but the behaviour you described I have seen in my hens. My two australorps are at the top of the pecking order and they protect the rest of the flock. My 4 comets are at the bottom and they protect each other (three attacked a duck that was attacking their friend).
     
  5. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, my chicks pecked my 100lb labrador right in the face. [​IMG] [​IMG] My chihuahua is downright scared of them, although he still tries to harass them. I think he likes it when they chase him. They are all girls, and still faced off with the dogs. So yes, this behavior is normal for girls too.
     
  6. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    They both look like girls to me, but I'm fairly new to chickens.
     
  7. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you've got a roo and a pullet although I did once get a hen with a VERY red comb at 3 weeks. Luckily she grew out of it [​IMG]
     
  8. NixNoodleNumbat

    NixNoodleNumbat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 could be roo. I'm not sure though.
     
  9. dwdoc

    dwdoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well looks like there is a split in opinions. I guess we'll wait and see.

    I do sincerely appreciate all the input....THANK YOU!
     
  10. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    keep hope, I say she's a girl. I was sure my Ausie was a boy with a big pink comb at a young age
    (Here she is in the background, excuse my sickening brooder)
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    And here she is today!
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