5 mo old Black Australorp Cockerels or Pullets?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chickle2014, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. Chickle2014

    Chickle2014 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I have 2 five 1/2 month old Black Australorps which I was told were pullets when we got them at 3 months old. Well, one of them, I not sure which, started crowing this morning. I have been suspicious of one of them, named Chickens by my grandson,of being a roo because of the developing tail feathers but now I am paranoid about the other one, Nancy Grace because other than the tail feathers they look exactly the same. Can anybody shed some light for me? I am relatively new at this, we just have 2 Buff Orpingtons and 1 Lavender Orpington, all of which are only 1 1/2 year old. Thanks everybody!

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  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    The one in this pic (showing full body) looks to be female.

    This one is male as you suspected. The sickle feathers in the tail as well as the saddle feathers are a dead giveaway.
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  3. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I'm afraid both of them are cockerels. [​IMG] They are very handsome boys though.
     
  4. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I do revise my assessment of the first one. I did not have the glasses on (dang aging thing) and did not see the saddle feathers on the one I had said female on.

    Yes both male. Such a bummer since the flock is so small. You will need more females or a different option for the males.
     
  5. Chickle2014

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    That's what I was afraid of. Thanks everyone!
     
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    Roo's
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sorry but they are cockerels
     

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