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6 week old Australorp Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by barred-rocks-rock, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    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? [​IMG]
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    Last edited: Jul 22, 2009
  2. chaoschicken

    chaoschicken Cackleberry Crazy

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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.
     
  3. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    Anybody? [​IMG]
     
  4. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    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!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2582813#p2582813
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2009
  5. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    cockerel. absolutely, hands down, no questions. he's going to be a nice looking gent!
     
  6. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    [​IMG] Yes!! I think i'll give him a partner and i can call them Cosmo and Wanda.
     
  7. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    he's very nice looking! handsome little thing!
     
  8. JessHall

    JessHall Heavenly Hollow Ranch

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    That's what my roo's look like [​IMG] He's really cute!
     
  9. MrsChicken1954

    MrsChicken1954 Out Of The Brooder

    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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