5 week old black australorps. How do I tell who is a pullet?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by midget_farms, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I've got 14 black australorps that I hatched 5 weeks ago.

    I thought I knew that the boys will get a spur on their ankle and the girls don't. But it seems that ALL of these birds have the spur.

    Is there another way to tell? about half of them have bright red combs. I know on most hens they dont turn red until they are ready to lay but I dont know if aurtralorps are the same.

    Any help is approciated.
     
  2. chickee

    chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Larger, redder combs on all breeds means it is a rooster [​IMG]
     
  3. KIDDSBANTAMS

    KIDDSBANTAMS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is not spurs, all chickens have a small bump on the back of their legs.
     
  4. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Thanks guys - I figured the combs were the deal, but I didn't know pullets had the bump on the ankle. That helps. Now I need to go out & re-tag them all.
     

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